6N Silicon Announces New CEO

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - 6N Silicon Inc., a supplier of true
solar grade silicon for the photovoltaic industry, has hired metallurgical
industry veteran Paolo Maccario as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Maccario has
also been appointed as a Member of the 6N Silicon Board of Directors.
    With a 22 years career in the metallurgical and automotive sectors,
including twelve years of CEO experience in the light alloys industry, Paolo
brings considerable executive experience to 6N Silicon. Most recently, Paolo
was the CEO and President of Meridian Technologies Inc., the world's largest
supplier of magnesium components and assemblies to the automotive industry and
one of the top 200 companies and best 100 employers in Canada. Paolo oversaw
Meridian's eighteen manufacturing, engineering and commercial facilities in
North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to running Meridian, Paolo was the CEO
and President of Teksid Aluminum Foundry, a supplier of aluminum castings to
the US automotive industry.
    In addition to his role at 6N Silicon, since 2001 Mr. Maccario has been
the President of Team Italia (the association of Italian Companies and their
executives in Canada), and serves on the Board of Visitors of Wayne University
and on the Advisory Council of Western Engineering at the University of
Western Ontario.
    C. Ian Ross, Chairman of the 6N Silicon Board and Director of Ontario
Power Generation, said, "We are pleased to welcome Paolo Maccario as 6N
Silicon's new Chief Executive Officer to conclude an extensive search process.
6N Silicon is well positioned in the solar industry, and Paolo further
strengthens our strong management team. We are confident in the ability of
Paolo to establish 6N Silicon as a leading global supplier of solar grade
silicon to this growing industry."
    Paolo stated, "I am very excited by the compelling opportunity at 6N
Silicon. To have this opportunity in such an exciting market is a unique
situation. The company's innovative technology is a strong asset. The high
calibre of the existing team and Board were strong positive factors in my
decision-making to join and lead an organization that has already made a lot
of progress in its development, manufacturing scale-up and business
development. In a fast-growing industry, we are in a position to move even
more quickly and I look forward to helping the Company fulfill its potential."

    About 6N Silicon

    6N Silicon has developed a disruptive process for the production of true
solar grade silicon. The solar industry has grown at over 30% year-over-year
for the past ten years, and the supply of purified silicon has become a
critical competitive and growth issue. The 6N process offers substantial
improvements in scale-up-speed, reduced capital cost and reduced operational
costs. Headquartered in the Greater Toronto Area, 6N Silicon is in the heart
of Canada's metal processing industry and is surrounded by Canada's extensive
metal processing expertise. The company intends on becoming the leading global
supplier of solar grade silicon to the solar industry. 6N Silicon is the
recipient of the Deloitte & Touche Technology Green 15 Award as one of the top
fifteen green technology companies in Canada. For more information, please
visit 6N Silicon's web site at http://www.6nsilicon.com.

For further information:

For further information: David Dunnison, VP Business Development,
david@6nsilicon.com, (905) 795-7800

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