$78 million investment and creation of more than 50 clean technology jobs in Candiac - NEW PHOSTECH LITHIUM PLANT INAUGURATED

MONTREAL, April 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Phostech Lithium—a subsidiary of German specialty chemicals group Süd-Chemie AG—today opened in Candiac the largest plant in the world to use a superior quality process for the production of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) for use in new generations of batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles. The construction of Phostech Lithium's new facilities represents a $78 million investment and will enable some fifty jobs to be created.

Phostech Lithium develops, manufactures and sells phosphate cathode materials for the lithium battery market. This new plant—the first of its size to manufacture LFP using a new patented wet chemistry synthesis process—will have an annual volume of 2,500 metric tonnes, which is equivalent to approximately 50,000 electric car batteries or up to 500,000 hybrid car batteries. The Phostech Lithium investment project received support from Invest Québec, Emploi Québec, Canada Economic Development, the Centre local de développement (CLD) de Roussillon [local development centre] and Montréal International.

"We would like to thank Montréal International in particular for supporting our Candiac investment project. We received effective strategic support to obtain the government assistance needed for the project," said Christian Knobloch, General Manager of Phostech Lithium.

"Montréal International is pleased to have contributed to the Phostech Lithium project in Candiac. This is a significant milestone in the development of a dynamic sustainable transportation sector in Greater Montréal. This investment further strengthens the metropolitan region's position in the clean technology sector—a highly strategic sector for the future," explained Jacques St-Laurent, President and CEO of Montréal International.

About Süd-Chemie and Phostech Lithium
Süd-Chemie (www.sud-chemie.com) is a listed (ISIN: DE0007292005; WKN: 729200), publically-traded specialty chemicals company headquartered in Munich, Germany. All Süd-Chemie products and services have one common denominator: the efficient and sparing use of natural resources to enhance the quality of life for humans and the environment. Group sales for 2010 were €1.225 billion, with approximately 85% coming outside of Germany. In 2010 the group boasted some 6,400 employees in 120 production and sales facilities worldwide.

About Montréal International
Montréal International (MI) was created in 1996 as a result of a private/public partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the economic development of metropolitan Montréal and to enhance its international status. Its mandates include attracting foreign investment, international organizations and qualified foreign workers, as well as promoting the competitive and international environment of Greater Montréal. Montréal International is funded by the private sector, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal Metropolitan Community), the City of Montréal and the Governments of Canada and Québec.

Since its creation, Montréal International has helped to attract more than $7.5 billion in foreign investment to Greater Montréal. From these investments, more than 43,000 jobs have been created or maintained. To date, MI's activities have also allowed almost half of the 70 international organizations to establish themselves in the city and, attract and retain, more than 4,000 qualified foreign workers. To learn more, please visit MI Web site at: www.montrealinternational.com.


For further information:

Christian Knobloch
General Manager
Phostech Lithium
Tel.: 450-653-1810

Benoît Lefèvre
Communications Advisor
Montréal International 
Tel.: 514 987-9323

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