Momentive Sells NXT Z* Silanes in United States

    Breakthrough Material, Now Widely Available to Silica Tire Manufacturers
in USA, May Enhance Production and Lower Costs While Virtually Eliminating
Ethanol Emissions

    WILTON, CONN., October 18 /CNW/ - Momentive Performance Materials today
announced that its NXT Z(*) family of silanes is now commercially available in
the United States. Excellent products to consider for ease of manufacturing
and possible reduction of production cost for silica tires, NXT Z silanes may
virtually eliminate ethanol emissions and help produce higher performing
silica tires. NXT Z silanes have been formally registered on the US Toxic
Substances Control Act (TSCA) list and registration is underway globally,
including in Europe, Canada, China, Australia and Japan.

    Momentive's newest coupling agents for silica tires, NXT Z silanes are
essentially ethanol free and offer the potential for one-pass mixing and
shelf-stable silica compounds for which the NXT(*) family is known. Excellent
candidates to enhance the wear, traction and rolling resistance properties of
silica tires while dramatically reducing emissions, four NXT Z silanes are
currently available in the United States: NXT Z 30 silane, NXT Z 45 silane,
NXT Z 60 silane and NXT Z 100 silane. Momentive will also offer these four
silanes in powder form, carried on carbon black.

    "NXT Z silanes represent a groundbreaking advancement for manufacturers
of silica tires, underscoring our commitment to helping our customers meet
their most challenging performance objectives with outstanding new science and
research," said Mike Stout, global marketing manager, Momentive. "NXT Z
silanes may help control silica tire production costs and meet increasingly
stringent environmental requirements, and also allow for improved wear,
traction, tire life and overall product performance. We are very pleased to be
able to offer NXT Z silanes to our US customers, and, in the near future, we
expect to expand commercial availability globally."

    To find out more about NXT Z silanes, please call 800.295.2392 in North
America (+607.786.8131 everywhere else) or visit

    About Momentive Performance Materials

    Momentive Performance Materials is a premier specialty materials company,
providing high-technology materials solutions to the silicones, quartz and
ceramics markets. The company is a global leader with worldwide operations, a
robust product portfolio, industry-leading research and development
capabilities, and a long tradition of service excellence.

    (*)NXT and NXT Z are trademarks of Momentive Performance Materials Inc.

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