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Thin Film Technology, Inc. Awarded $5.7 Million in New Orders to Produce Infrared Window Assemblies for DRS Technologies, Inc.


BUELLTON, Calif., Jul 12, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Thin Film Technologies, Inc., (TFT) a subsidiary of Williams Advanced Materials Inc. (WAM), announced today that it has been awarded $5.7 million in new contracts to provide Visilid(TM) hermetic window assemblies for use on DRS Infrared Technologies' night vision products. DRS Infrared Technologies is a division of DRS Technologies Inc. As part of the contracts, WAM will provide more than $1.2 million in product and services from its Buffalo, New York location.

These products are used by the military to enhance soldiers' vision capability, survivability and mobility in low-light conditions and will support military units engaged in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The window assemblies will be used on thermal weapon sights for rifle scopes, the Humvee(TM) armored personnel carrier and the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. This same type of technology and products are used in thermal imaging applications for homeland security, firefighting and collision avoidance.

Commenting on the new contracts, Bob Mullins, Vice President and General Manager of TFT said, "This validates TFT and WAM's new Visilid(TM) product offering and technology collaboration and further recognizes our total solutions approach to business."

TFT, WAM and DRS have collaborated to design a solution, manufacturing process and product. TFT, a thin film company located in Buellton, California, offers a unique blend of products and services including anti-reflective coatings, plating, metallization and assembly services. WAM is a precious metal supplier and provider of hermetic cover solutions and designs.

TFT also provides solutions for thin film hybrid circuits as well as other unique thin film coatings, photo lithography and dicing services. WAM is a full service provider of precious, non-precious and specialty metal products. Major markets for WAM's products include magnetic and optical data storage, the wireless, semiconductor, photonic and hybrid segments of the microelectronics markets.

WAM is a subsidiary of Brush Engineered Materials Inc. (NYSE:BW), which is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. The parent company, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, supplies worldwide markets with beryllium products, alloy products, electronic products, precious metal products, and engineered material systems.

SOURCE: Williams Advanced Materials Inc.

Brush Engineered Materials Inc.
Michael C. Hasychak, 216-383-6823
Patrick S. Carpenter, 216-383-6835

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