Avantor Performance Materials

Avantor™ Performance Materials Names Richard White Executive Vice President of Operations

editor, 18 September 2012

Center Valley, PA (USA) – September 18, 2012 – Avantor™ Performance Materials, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-performance chemistries, announces the appointment of Richard White as executive vice president of operations.

White will be responsible for Avantor’s global manufacturing, enterprise resource planning, quality assurance, supply chain, and environmental health and safety (EHS) operations.

He has more than 25 years of experience in global manufacturing, plant management, quality assurance, supply chain management, EHS, and other aspects of industrial operations – especially in the chemicals and materials industry.

Most recently, he served as chief operating officer for the Solar division at STR Holdings, Inc., a solar encapsulate manufacturing company based in Connecticut. Prior to joining STR, White was the vice president of manufacturing and supply chain at Vertellus Specialties, Inc., a global specialty chemical company. His career in the chemical industry also includes work at E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Honeywell International and Celanese Corporation. White holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Mississippi State University.

“Richard has a proven track record of leading productivity improvements, as well as quality and safety enhancements in global operations,” said John Steitz, president and CEO of Avantor, which is owned by an affiliate of New Mountain Capital. “At Avantor, we view our global manufacturing capability as a key strength, and optimizing our global operations footprint is a critical component of the company’s success going forward. We’re pleased at the opportunity to have someone with Richard’s industry expertise leading those operations as we work toward our objective of becoming a global leader in performance materials,” said Steitz.

“Richard has a proven track record of leading productivity improvements, as well as quality and safety enhancements in global operations,” said John Steitz, president and CEO of Avantor, which is owned by an affiliate of New Mountain Capital. “At Avantor, we view our global manufacturing capability as a key strength, and optimizing our global operations footprint is a critical component of the company’s success going forward. We’re pleased at the opportunity to have someone with Richard’s industry expertise leading those operations as we work toward our objective of becoming a global leader in performance materials,” said Steitz.

“Richard brings a wealth of operational experience to Avantor,” said Matt Holt, managing director of New Mountain Capital. “As Avantor continues to pursue its goals and growth strategy, his operational and manufacturing background will play a key role in that effort.”

“Avantor has a proud history in manufacturing high-quality and high-purity products,” White said. “I’m eager to join the company and its team of employees to help continue their initiatives and work toward expanded operations, especially in new markets and regions around the world,” he said. .

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Avantor™ Performance Materials Names John M. Steitz President and CEO

editor, 20 August 2012

Center Valley, PA (USA) – August 20, 2012 – Avantor™ Performance Materials, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-performance chemistries, announces the appointment of John M. Steitz as president and chief executive officer.

Steitz assumes the role of president and CEO from Avantor Chairman Rajiv L. Gupta, who had been serving as the company’s CEO. Gupta remains chairman of the board of Avantor, which is owned by an affiliate of New Mountain Capital.

Steitz, 54, brings more than 30 years of experience in the field of specialty chemical manufacturing to his new role at Avantor. Most recently, he served as president and chief operating officer at Albemarle Corporation, a global chemical manufacturing company based in Baton Rouge, LA. Prior to joining Albemarle in 2000, he was vice president and general manager of the pharmaceutical chemicals division at Mallinckrodt, Inc.

He holds an MBA from Southern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri.

“We’re pleased at the opportunity to have John and his capabilities in this key role at Avantor,” Gupta said. “He is a proven leader who has demonstrated throughout his career an exceptional ability to manage growth initiatives and work with employees to serve customers, improve operations and maximize profitability. His leadership, business management and administration experience will be a great asset to Avantor’s development as a world-class supplier and partner with our customers,” said Guptal.

“We look forward to working with John as we continue to support an aggressive growth strategy for Avantor. The company is well positioned for long-term success and we are enthusiastic about the possibilities under John’s leadership,” said Matt Holt, managing director of New Mountain Capital.

“I look forward to working closely with Avantor employees and management to ensure the continuation of the company’s growth trajectory,” Steitz said. “I’m eager to join the team and further establish Avantor’s position as a leading performance chemistries and materials provider in the markets and communities it serves.”

In his role as president and CEO, Steitz will oversee all aspects of Avantor’s global operations in its four business areas: Laboratory Products, Pharmaceuticals, Electronic Materials and Diagnostics. He will be based at Avantor’s global corporate headquarters in Center Valley, PA.

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New Selective Etch Product Series to be Launched

editor, 06 July 2011

Phillipsburg, New Jersey – July 6, 2011 – Avantor™ Performance Materials is launching its new J.T.Baker® SLCT Series of selective etch surface treatment chemistries for FEOL strain engineering applications July 12-14 at SEMICON West 2011 in booth 1607 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA.

The first product in the new series is the J.T.Baker® SLCT 128 “sigma” etchant, a groundbreaking chemistry that simultaneously cleans and selectively etches the wafer substrate, creating a cavity for strain engineered gate structures and enabling better device performance and process yield.

SLCT 128 sigma etchant creates a clear, well-defined faceted sigma shape for epitaxy in advanced nodes, leading to increased line yield and die reliability. It exhibits a highly controlled rate of etch, while simultaneously removing post-etch residue and acting as a pre-clean chemistry. SLCT 128 sigma etchant is essentially “self-cleaning” so no additional rinse may be required to clean the etch chemistry.

SLCT 128 sigma etchant, created through a joint development agreement between Avantor and SACHEM, Inc. of Austin, TX, offers multiple advantages over current sigma etch processes: no pre-implant operations are required to tailor the initial etching. Also, in some cases plasma pre-etching can be eliminated or reduced.

SLCT 128 sigma etchant can be used in applications that include (but are not limited to):

- Strained silicon channels where silicon germanium (SiGe) and silicon nitride (SiN) induce strain on the silicon lattice under the gate region;

- FinFET structures where the semiconductor material is vertical rather than horizontal.

Engineering these structures leads to improved electrical properties and device performance.

“With J.T.Baker® SLCT 128 sigma etchant, Avantor demonstrates that the promise of innovative selective etch chemistries is now a proven technology,” said Avantor Director of Marketing, Electronic Materials, John Bubel. “This first product in our new SLCT Series of selective etch chemistries gives manufacturers a powerful new tool to improve device yields and performance while potentially reducing FEOL process steps and costs.”

Bubel said Avantor plans to expand the SLCT Series with additional selective etch products in the near future, targeting selectivity to metal oxides and integration stacks common in advanced memory chip manufacturing.

Customers can learn more about the new product line at SEMICON West 2011 booth 1607, where Avantor experts will discuss custom-tailored solutions.

At SEMICON West, Avantor will also provide up-to-date details on the company’s relationship with SACHEM, as well as information on the company’s complete family of engineered materials, including BAKER ALEG™ Series photoresist and residue removal products, BAKER REZI™ Series photoresist stripper and residue removal chemistries, and the J.T.Baker CLk™ Series removal products specifically designed for compatibility with copper and low-k dielectrics.

Avantor is a global leader in supplying semiconductor surface treatment technologies that help speed the development of cutting-edge semiconductor manufacturing processes to increase yields and deliver next-generation products to markets faster. The company has pioneered surface cleaning and treatment products that offer better compatibility with leading-edge substrates and integration structures, and proven, cost-effective photoresist stripping and residue removal solutions to current and emerging semiconductor nodes.

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Avantor™ Performance Materials Completes Acquisition of POCH S.A.,

editor, 30 June 2011

Phillipsburg, New Jersey – June 30, 2011 – Avantor™ Performance Materials has completed its acquisition of POCH S.A. from Kulczyk Holding S.A. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The POCH acquisition complements Avantor’s strategy of growing into new markets and geographies, both organically and through acquisition. Avantor announced its intent to acquire POCH S.A. in April, 2011.

Avantor, formerly Mallinckrodt Baker, manufactures and markets high-performance chemistries and materials around the world under several well-respected brand names, including the J.T.Baker®, Macron™, Rankem™ and Diagnova™ brands. Avantor products are used in a wide range of industries including biotechnology and pharmaceutical production; electronics and photovoltaic manufacturing; and in research, academic and quality control laboratories. The company is owned by an affiliate of private equity firm New Mountain Capital.

Based in Poland, POCH S.A. manufactures products designed for use in classic and instrumental analysis, filtration and microbiology. POCH S.A. also sells laboratory equipment and laboratory glass. In addition, the company manufactures solvents for liquid and gas chromatography and spectroscopy as well as anhydrous solvents. Its markets include pharmaceuticals; food and feed; chemical and petrochemical; environmental protection and research and analytical chemistry.

“POCH is a perfect fit for Avantor because it strengthens our capabilities in Eastern Europe with its expansive manufacturing presence and distribution facility already in place,” said Avantor President and Chief Executive Officer Jean-Marc Gilson. “As we formally integrate POCH into our organization, we plan to build upon that strong foundation by enhancing our products, support and services to customers in the region.”

“Working closely with Avantor presents us with a unique opportunity to collaborate on an enriched product portfolio while also leveraging our proven manufacturing and distribution capabilities,” said POCH S.A. Chief Executive Officer Jarosław Bieszczad. “Becoming part of an established global leader also benefits our customers, who will now have access to Avantor’s high-quality product line and global support system.”

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Wardynski & Partners acted as legal advisors to Avantor and New Mountain Capital.

DC Advisory Partners acted as the sole financial advisor and Clifford Chance as legal advisor to Kulczyk Holding.

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Avantor™ Performance Materials to Acquire POCH S.A. from Kulczyk Holding

editor, 27 April 2011

Phillipsburg, New Jersey –April 26, 2011 – Avantor™ Performance Materials announced a definitive agreement to acquire POCH S.A. from Kulczyk. Completion of the sale is dependent on obtaining the necessary clearance from the Polish competition authority, and is subject to customary closing conditions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed..

Avantor Performance Materials, formerly Mallinckrodt Baker, manufactures and markets high-performance chemistries and materials around the world under several well respected brand names, including the J.T.Baker®, Macron™, Rankem™ and Diagnova™ brands. Avantor products are used in a wide range of industries including biotechnology and pharmaceutical production; electronics and photovoltaic manufacturing; and in research, academic and quality control laboratories. The company is owned by an affiliate of private equity firm New Mountain Capital.

Based in Poland, POCH S.A. manufactures products designed for use in classic and instrumental analysis, filtration and microbiology. POCH S.A. also sells laboratory equipment and laboratory glass. Moreover, POCH S.A. also manufactures solvents for liquid and gas chromatography and spectroscopy as well as anhydrous solvents. Its markets include pharmaceuticals; food and feed; chemical and petrochemical; environmental protection and research and analytical chemistry.

“The transaction is part of Avantor’s strategy to strengthen its presence in the global market by growing both organically and through acquisition, expanding into new markets and geographies,” said Avantor President and Chief Executive Officer Jean-Marc Gilson. “POCH fits this strategy because of its established and expansive manufacturing presence and distribution channel in Poland and Eastern Europe.”

“This acquisition will allow for synergies in market and production know-how and enrichment of the combined product portfolio, significantly increasing the level of expertise dedicated to various industry sectors,” said POCH S.A. Chief Executive Officer Jarosław Bieszczad. “It will also enhance the competitive standing of POCH, enabling us to offer the high-quality Avantor product lines to our customers, while also giving us new markets for our products through the global Avantor organization.”

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Wardynski & Partners acted as legal advisors to Avantor and New Mountain Capital.

DC Advisory Partners acted as the sole financial advisor and Clifford Chance as legal advisor to Kulczyk Holding.

Avantor™ Performance Materials Announces Price Increase

editor, 09 April 2011

Phillipsburg, New Jersey –April 8, 2011 – Avantor™ Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) has announced that it will raise prices on most of its chemical products worldwide, effective April 18, 2011. The percentage of increase will vary by product and manufacturing location.

In addition to crude oil prices, the costs for a variety of materials such as ethylene, propylene, butadiene and inorganic materials (e.g., sulfur-based and phosphorous-based products) have risen dramatically in recent months. As a result, overall materials and operating costs are now much higher.

Avantor™ Performance Materials Officially Changes Mallinckrodt® Chemicals Product Name to Macron™ Chemicals

editor, 11 March 2011








Phillipsburg, New Jersey – March 8, 2011– Avantor™ Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) announced today that its Mallinckrodt® Chemicals product brand name has officially changed and will now be referred to as Macron™ Chemicals.

Avantor first announced its intent to change the Mallinckrodt® Chemicals product name on November 15, 2010 and has worked with customers to inform them over the past several months under the company’s standard Management of Change (MOC) procedure.

Avantor manufactures and markets high-performance chemistries and materials around the world under two well-known and respected brand names, J.T.Baker® and Macron Chemicals (formerly Mallinckrodt® Chemicals). These products are widely used in biotechnology and pharmaceutical production; electronics and photovoltaic manufacturing; and in research, academic and quality control laboratories.

The changeover involves only the product brand names. The Macron product line is identical to Avantor’s former Mallinckrodt® line, which includes high-purity solvents, acids, solutions, salts, minerals and sugars. Although the product brand name is changing, the quality system and manufacturing process will remain the same. Macron brand products are produced in the same facilities and share the same product numbers, product names and lot numbering system as the previous Mallinckrodt® brand products.

“Our products have a legacy of safety and trust, with a 140-year tradition for delivering the highest standards of quality, purity and consistency,” explained Avantor’s Vice President of Global Marketing, Paul Smaltz. “The Macron Chemicals name embodies size and strength, setting a standard of consistency recognized across the industry and around the world. Today, the brand’s focus is on providing products for cGMP pharmaceutical production and everyday laboratory use in environmental testing, university research and industrial manufacturing,” he said.

Smaltz added that while the company has officially implemented the name change, it is possible for customers to receive product with Mallinckrodt® labels, certificates of analysis and other documentation for a period of time as product works its way through the supply chain.

Avantor™ Performance Materials Announces Corporate Headquarters Move

editor, 18 February 2011

Phillipsburg, New Jersey – February 18, 2011 – Avantor Performance Materials, Inc. (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker, Inc.) has announced that it is moving its corporate headquarters from Phillipsburg, NJ, to 3477 Corporate Parkway, Center Valley, PA, about 20 miles west of Phillipsburg.

The relocation is expected to occur during the summer of 2011. The company’s manufacturing plant, and research and development facility, which together house approximately 325 employees, will continue to operate at its existing Phillipsburg manufacturing campus.

Avantor, which was purchased by an affiliate of New Mountain Capital in August 2010, is now operating as a standalone company and has outgrown its current 30,800 square-foot corporate office located at 222 Red School Lane in Phillipsburg. With 57,000 square feet of space, the new headquarters is nearly double the size of the current space.

Approximately 140 employees will move to the new office. Additionally, over the next three years, the company expects to hire another 60 employees to work in the new headquarters.

Avantor’s leadership team decided to relocate after carefully considering all options, including expanding the current office space or constructing a new building.

“We decided to relocate because we had outgrown our current facility,” said Avantor President and CEO Jean-Marc Gilson. “After careful consideration we decided to look for space that would reflect our bold growth objectives and new brand. We wanted something designated as ‘Class A’ office space that would provide both convenient access and a more modern and collaborative working environment to accommodate our growing workforce. The new space is nearly double the size of our current building and affords us the opportunity to design the interior to fit those needs.”

Avantor plans to make the move to the new facility as seamless as possible; manufacturing and product delivery will not be affected and the company will communicate directly with customers throughout the transition. Customers may contact their customer service and sales representatives at 1-855-AVANTOR if they have any questions or concerns during this transitional period.

Avantor Performance Materials, Inc. Will Open New Electronics Laboratory in Taiwan

editor, 12 February 2011

Phillipsburg, New Jersey – February 10, 2011 – Avantor Performance Materials, Inc. (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker, Inc.) today announced plans to open an electronics applications laboratory in Taiwan during the second quarter of 2011. The new laboratory will be used to conduct customer demonstrations, perform process of record (POR) development and support Avantor’s global electronics technologies development.

Avantor manufactures and markets high-performance chemistries and materials around the world under two well-known and respected brand names, J.T.Baker® and Macron™ Chemicals (formerly Mallinckrodt® Chemicals). These products are widely used in electronics and photovoltaic manufacturing; biotechnology and pharmaceutical production; and in research, academic and quality control laboratories.

Avantor is opening the Asia-based electronics laboratory to support global customers more quickly with access to advanced wafer processing and metrology tools. Customers will now be able to use Avantor’s state-of-the-art equipment to test chemistries and materials in a class 100 clean room fab environment, rather than disrupting operations by taking their own production equipment off-line for testing purposes.

“This high-tech facility will allow Avantor to provide convenient localized support to our global electronics customers,” said Director of Marketing, Electronic Materials, John Bubel. “As customers implement our performance chemistries into their processes, they can test and make refinements on Avantor’s laboratory tools and transfer those processes back to their fabs, without ever having to interrupt their workflow.”

“Additionally, Bubel noted that Avantor will test newly developed formulas on its full wafer equipment to support its own performance chemistries, and materials research and development.

“We are designating space for research and development, and production of small volume sample materials to better meet the needs of our global customers,” he said. “Technology hubs like this one, in such a key region, will provide more personalized customer service, and ultimately, better technology solutions.”

Avantor currently has applications or research and development laboratories in the United States, Korea and the Netherlands.