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These excerpts taken from the OMG 10-K filed Feb 26, 2009.
Products
The Company is a diversified global developer, producer and marketer of value-added specialty chemicals and advanced materials, and believes it is the world’s leading producer of cobalt-based specialty chemicals. The Company’s businesses also produce specialty chemicals and advanced materials from barium, calcium, iron, manganese, potassium, rare earths, zinc, zirconium, germanium and copper. The Company’s businesses serve more than 50 industries worldwide, producing a variety of value-added specialty chemicals and advanced materials. Key technology-based end-use applications include affordable energy, portable power, clean air, clean water and proprietary products and services for the microelectronics industry. The Company’s products leverage the Company’s production capabilities and bring value to its customers through superior product performance. Typically, these products represent a small portion of the customer’s total cost of manufacturing or processing, but are critical to the customer’s product performance. The products frequently are essential components in chemical and industrial processes where they facilitate a chemical or physical reaction and/or enhance the physical properties of end-products. The Company’s products are sold in various forms such as solutions, crystals, cathodes, powders and quartz or glass plates.
 
The Advanced Materials segment consists of Inorganics, the DRC smelter joint venture and metal resale. The powders and specialty chemicals that this business produces are used in a variety of industries, including rechargeable battery, construction equipment and cutting tools, catalyst, and ceramics and pigments. Products in this segment, grouped by application, are:
 
Chemical — Cobalt Acetate, Cobalt Carbonate, Cobalt Hydroxide, Cobalt Nitrate, Cobalt Oxide, Cobalt Sulfate, Coarse Grade Powders, Germanium Dioxide, Nickel Carbonate, Nickel Sulfate, Recycling
 
Pigments and Ceramics:
 
Ceramic Pigments — Cobalt Carbonate, Cobalt Oxides, Cobalt Sulfate, Nickel Carbonate,
 
Plastic Pigments — Cobalt Oxides, Cobalt Hydroxide, Nickel Hydroxide
 
Glass Pigments — Cobalt Oxides
 
Powder Metallurgy — S-Series Cobalt Powders, T-Series Cobalt Powders, R-Series Cobalt Powders, Granulated Cobalt Powders, Recycling, Coarse Grade Powders
 
Battery:
 
Precursors — Battery Grade Cobalt Oxides, Standard Grade Nickel Hydroxide, Mixed Metal Hydroxides
 
Battery Materials — Fine Cobalt Powder, Cobalt Hydroxide, Recycling
 
Raw Materials — Battery Grade Cobalt Powders, Cobalt Sulfate, Nickel Sulfate
 
The Specialty Chemicals segment is comprised of Electronic Chemicals, Advanced Organics, UPC and Photomasks.
 
•  Electronic Chemicals:  This unit works with electroless nickel, precious metals and related products used in the production of printed circuit board assemblies, memory disks, general metal finishing and electronic packaging. Products/processes in Electronic Chemicals, grouped by application, are:
 
Printed Circuit Board Chemistry — Final Finishes, Inner Layer Processes, Making Holes Conductive, Outer Layer Processes, Photovoltaic Industry, Specialty Processes
 
Memory Disk — Electroless Nickel Products, Pre-treatment Products
 
General Metal Finishing — Auxiliary Chemicals, Electroless Nickel Processes, Nickel/Gold Strippers and Other Products, Polishing Chemicals, Zincate and Post Treatment Chemistries


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Electronic Packaging and Finishing Technologies — Base Metal Processes, Electronic Grade Base Metal Concentrates, Electronic Grade Methane Sulfonate Concentrates, Lead Free Plating Processes, Pre-Plate and Post-Plate Processes, Tin-Lead Alloy Plating Processes
 
•  Advanced Organics:  Metal-based specialty chemicals from this business are used to meet the critical needs of a range of industries, including coatings and inks, tire, catalyst, and lubricant and fuel additives. Advanced Organics products, grouped by application, include:
 
Coatings & Inks — Additives for Paints, Driers for Paints and Printing Inks
 
Tire — Rubber Adhesion Promoters
 
Chemicals — Composite and other Catalysts
 
Additives — Fuel Oil Additives, Lubricant & Grease Additives
 
Ultra Pure Chemicals:  The UPC business develops, manufactures and distributes a wide range of ultra-pure chemicals used in the manufacture of electronic and computer components such as semiconductors, silicon chips, wafers, and liquid crystal displays. UPC products and services, grouped by application, include:
 
Cleaner — Acetone, Ammonia Solution, Hydrochloric Acid, Hydrogen Peroxide
 
Etchant — Chrome Etchant, Hydrofluoric Acid, Mixed Acid, Nitric Acid, Phosphoric Acid
 
Photolithography — Isopropyl Alcohol, Butyl Acetate, Nanostrip, Nitric Fuming, Photoresist Stripper
 
Services — Analytical Services, Chemicals Management, Logistics Services, Total Chemical Management.
 
•  Photomasks:  The Photomasks business manufactures photo-imaging masks (high-purity quartz or glass plates containing precision, microscopic images of integrated circuits) and reticles for the semiconductor, optoelectronics and microelectronics industries under the Compugraphics brand name. Photomasks are a key component of the semiconductor and integrated circuit value chains and perform a function similar to that of a negative in conventional photography.
 
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The Company is a diversified global developer, producer and
marketer of value-added specialty chemicals and advanced
materials, and believes it is the world’s leading producer
of cobalt-based specialty chemicals. The Company’s
businesses also produce specialty chemicals and advanced
materials from barium, calcium, iron, manganese, potassium, rare
earths, zinc, zirconium, germanium and copper. The
Company’s businesses serve more than 50 industries
worldwide, producing a variety of value-added specialty
chemicals and advanced materials. Key technology-based end-use
applications include affordable energy, portable power, clean
air, clean water and proprietary products and services for the
microelectronics industry. The Company’s products leverage
the Company’s production capabilities and bring value to
its customers through superior product performance. Typically,
these products represent a small portion of the customer’s
total cost of manufacturing or processing, but are critical to
the customer’s product performance. The products frequently
are essential components in chemical and industrial processes
where they facilitate a chemical or physical reaction
and/or
enhance the physical properties of end-products. The
Company’s products are sold in various forms such as
solutions, crystals, cathodes, powders and quartz or glass
plates.


 



The Advanced Materials segment consists of Inorganics, the DRC
smelter joint venture and metal resale. The powders and
specialty chemicals that this business produces are used in a
variety of industries, including rechargeable battery,
construction equipment and cutting tools, catalyst, and ceramics
and pigments. Products in this segment, grouped by application,
are:


 



Chemical — Cobalt Acetate, Cobalt
Carbonate, Cobalt Hydroxide, Cobalt Nitrate, Cobalt Oxide,
Cobalt Sulfate, Coarse Grade Powders, Germanium Dioxide, Nickel
Carbonate, Nickel Sulfate, Recycling


 



Pigments and Ceramics:


 



Ceramic Pigments — Cobalt
Carbonate, Cobalt Oxides, Cobalt Sulfate, Nickel Carbonate,


 



Plastic Pigments — Cobalt Oxides,
Cobalt Hydroxide, Nickel Hydroxide


 



Glass Pigments — Cobalt Oxides


 



Powder Metallurgy —
S-Series Cobalt Powders, T-Series Cobalt Powders,
R-Series Cobalt Powders, Granulated Cobalt Powders,
Recycling, Coarse Grade Powders


 



Battery:


 



Precursors — Battery Grade Cobalt
Oxides, Standard Grade Nickel Hydroxide, Mixed Metal Hydroxides


 



Battery Materials — Fine Cobalt
Powder, Cobalt Hydroxide, Recycling


 



Raw Materials — Battery Grade Cobalt
Powders, Cobalt Sulfate, Nickel Sulfate


 



The Specialty Chemicals segment is comprised of Electronic
Chemicals, Advanced Organics, UPC and Photomasks.


 














• 
Electronic Chemicals:  This unit works
with electroless nickel, precious metals and related products
used in the production of printed circuit board assemblies,
memory disks, general metal finishing and electronic packaging.
Products/processes in Electronic Chemicals, grouped by
application, are:


 



Printed Circuit Board Chemistry — Final
Finishes, Inner Layer Processes, Making Holes Conductive, Outer
Layer Processes, Photovoltaic Industry, Specialty Processes


 



Memory Disk — Electroless Nickel
Products, Pre-treatment Products


 



General Metal Finishing — Auxiliary
Chemicals, Electroless Nickel Processes, Nickel/Gold Strippers
and Other Products, Polishing Chemicals, Zincate and Post
Treatment Chemistries





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Electronic Packaging and Finishing
Technologies
 — Base Metal Processes,
Electronic Grade Base Metal Concentrates, Electronic Grade
Methane Sulfonate Concentrates, Lead Free Plating Processes,
Pre-Plate and Post-Plate Processes, Tin-Lead Alloy Plating
Processes


 














• 
Advanced Organics:  Metal-based
specialty chemicals from this business are used to meet the
critical needs of a range of industries, including coatings and
inks, tire, catalyst, and lubricant and fuel additives. Advanced
Organics products, grouped by application, include:


 



Coatings & Inks — Additives
for Paints, Driers for Paints and Printing Inks


 



Tire — Rubber Adhesion Promoters


 



Chemicals — Composite and other Catalysts


 



Additives — Fuel Oil Additives,
Lubricant & Grease Additives


 



Ultra Pure Chemicals:  The UPC business
develops, manufactures and distributes a wide range of
ultra-pure chemicals used in the manufacture of electronic and
computer components such as semiconductors, silicon chips,
wafers, and liquid crystal displays. UPC products and services,
grouped by application, include:


 



Cleaner — Acetone, Ammonia Solution,
Hydrochloric Acid, Hydrogen Peroxide


 



Etchant — Chrome Etchant, Hydrofluoric
Acid, Mixed Acid, Nitric Acid, Phosphoric Acid


 



Photolithography — Isopropyl Alcohol,
Butyl Acetate, Nanostrip, Nitric Fuming, Photoresist Stripper


 



Services — Analytical Services,
Chemicals Management, Logistics Services, Total Chemical
Management.


 














• 
Photomasks:  The Photomasks
business manufactures photo-imaging masks (high-purity quartz or
glass plates containing precision, microscopic images of
integrated circuits) and reticles for the semiconductor,
optoelectronics and microelectronics industries under the
Compugraphics brand name. Photomasks are a key component of the
semiconductor and integrated circuit value chains and perform a
function similar to that of a negative in conventional
photography.


 




This excerpt taken from the OMG 10-K filed Feb 28, 2008.
Products
Specialties Business
 
The Company’s Specialties business develops, processes, manufactures and markets specialty chemicals, powders, metals and related products from various base metals feeds, primarily cobalt. The Company offers more than 1,300 Specialties products to customers in more than 40 industries, including aerospace, hard metal tools, appliance, rubber, automotive, ceramics, coatings and ink, catalysts, electronics, petrochemicals, magnetic media, rechargeable battery chemicals and other manufacturers who use specialty chemicals. Key technology-based end-use applications include affordable energy, portable power, clean air, clean water and proprietary products and services for the microelectronics industry. The Company’s Specialties products leverage the Company’s production capabilities and bring value to its customers through superior product performance. Typically, these products represent a small portion of the customer’s total cost of manufacturing or processing, but are critical to the customer’s product


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performance. The products frequently are essential components in chemical and industrial processes where they facilitate a chemical or physical reaction and/or enhance the physical properties of end-products. The Company’s Specialties products are sold in various forms such as solutions, crystals, cathodes and powders.
 
The Specialties business includes products manufactured using cobalt and other metals such as copper, zinc, manganese and calcium. The Specialties business is made up of three business units that represent product line groupings around end markets: Advanced Organics, Inorganics and Electronic Chemicals. Advanced Organics offers products for the tire, coatings and inks, additives and chemical markets. Inorganics serves the battery, powder metallurgy, ceramics and chemicals markets. Electronic Chemicals develops products for the electronic packaging, memory disk, general metal finishing and printed circuit board finishing markets. The Specialties business also includes certain other operations, primarily the DRC smelter operations, which are not classified into one of these groupings.
 
The following table sets forth key applications for the Company’s products in the Specialties business:
 
             
    Product Line
       
Applications
 
Grouping
 
Metals Used
 
Product Attributes
 
Rechargeable Batteries
  Inorganics   Cobalt, Nickel   Improves the electrical conduction of rechargeable batteries used in cellular phones, video cameras, portable computers, power tools and hybrid electric vehicles
Coatings and paints
  Advanced Organics   Cobalt, Manganese,
Calcium, Zirconium,
Aluminum
  Promotes faster drying and other performance characteristics in such products as house paints (exterior and interior) and industrial and marine coatings
Printing Inks
  Advanced Organics   Cobalt, Manganese   Promotes faster drying in various printing inks
Tires
  Advanced Organics   Cobalt   Promotes bonding of metal-to-rubber in radial tires
Construction Equipment and Cutting Tools
  Inorganics   Cobalt   Strengthens and adds durability to diamond and machine cutting tools and drilling equipment used in construction, oil and gas drilling, and quarrying
Petrochemical Refining
  Advanced Organics   Cobalt, Nickel   Catalyzes reduction of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen emissions
Ceramics and Glassware
  Inorganics   Cobalt, Nickel   Provides color for pigments, earthenware and glass and facilitates adhesion of porcelain to metal
Polyester Resins
  Advanced Organics   Cobalt, Copper, Zinc   Accelerates the curing of polyester resins found in reinforced fiberglass boats, storage tanks, bathrooms, sports equipment, automobile and truck components
Memory Disks
  Electronic Chemicals   Nickel   Enhances information storage on disks for computers and consumer electronics
 
In addition, Borchers, which is included in the Advanced Organics product line grouping, offers products to enhance the performance of coatings and ink systems from the production stage through customer end use. The Borchers business supplies customers with antiskinning agents/antioxidants, catalysts/accelerators, deaeration/antifoaming agents, specialties (moisture scavengers and adhesion promoters), driers, rheological additives, silicone additives, stabilizers and wetting and dispersing agents. These products improve processing options, free-flowing properties, consistency and gloss, control surface drying and drying-out properties, enhance rheology and dispersency, optimize resistance to the most diverse range of stresses and shape the environmental compatibility of contemporary surface hardening.


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REM Businesses
 
The REM businesses supply customers with chemicals used in the manufacture of printed circuit boards and semiconductors as well as photo-imaging masks primarily for semiconductor and photovoltaic manufacturers. Key products of the REM businesses are described below.
 
Printed Circuit Boards:  The PCB business, operated as Electrochemicals, Inc., produces specialty and proprietary chemicals used in the manufacture of printed circuit boards widely used in computers, communications, military/aerospace, automotive, industrial and consumer electronics applications. The PCB business develops and manufactures chemicals for the printed circuit board industry, such as oxide treatments, electroplating additives, etching technology, electroless copper processes, Co-Bra Bond®, the newer oxide replacement technology and a proprietary direct metallization process known as Shadow®.
 
Ultra-Pure Chemicals:  The UPC business develops and manufactures a wide range of ultra-pure chemicals used in the manufacture of electronic and computer components such as semiconductors, silicon chips, wafers, and liquid crystal displays. These products include chemicals used to remove controlled portions of silicon and metal, cleaning solutions, photoresist strippers, which control the application of certain light-sensitive chemicals, edge bead removers, which aid in the uniform application of other chemicals, and solvents. The UPC business also develops and manufactures a broad range of chemicals used in the manufacture of photomasks and provides a range of analytical, logistical and development support services to the semiconductor industry. These include total chemicals management, primarily offered in Singapore, under which the Company manages the clients’ entire electronic process chemicals operations including providing logistics services, development of application-specific chemicals, analysis and control of customers’ chemical distribution systems and quality audit and control of all inbound chemicals, including third party products.
 
Photomasks:  The Photomasks business manufactures photo-imaging masks (high-purity quartz or glass plates containing precision, microscopic images of integrated circuits) and reticles for the semiconductor, optoelectronics and microelectronics industries under the Compugraphics brand name. Photomasks are a key enabling technology to the semiconductor and integrated circuit industries, and perform a function similar to that of a negative in conventional photography.
 
Financial information, including reportable segment and geographic data, is contained in Note 18 to the consolidated financial statements contained in Item 8 of this Annual Report.
 
2008 Business Segments:  As a result of the acquisition of REM, beginning January 1, 2008, the Company reorganized its management structure and external reporting around two reportable segments: Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials.
 
The Specialty Chemicals segment will consist of the Electronic Chemicals, Ultra Pure Chemicals, Photomasks and Advanced Organic product line groupings. The Electronic Chemicals product line grouping will include the PCB business.
 
The Advanced Materials segment will consist of the Inorganics product line grouping and the DRC smelter operations.
 
This excerpt taken from the OMG 10-K filed Feb 28, 2007.
Products
The Company develops, processes, manufactures and markets specialty chemicals, powders, metals and related products from various base metals feeds, primarily cobalt. The Company’s products leverage the Company’s production capabilities and bring value to its customers through superior product performance. Typically, the Company’s products represent a small portion of the customer’s total cost of manufacturing or processing, but are


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critical to the customer’s product performance. The products frequently are essential components in chemical and industrial processes where they facilitate a chemical or physical reaction and/or enhance the physical properties of end-products. The Company’s products are sold in various forms such as solutions, crystals, cathodes and powders.
 
The following table sets forth key applications for the Company’s products:
 
         
Applications
 
Metals Used
 
OMG’s Product Attributes
 
Rechargeable Batteries
  Cobalt, Nickel   Improves the electrical conduction of rechargeable batteries used in cellular phones, video cameras, portable computers, power tools and hybrid electric vehicles
Coatings and paints
  Cobalt,
Manganese,
Calcium,
Zirconium,
Aluminum
  Promotes faster drying in such products as house paints (exterior and interior) and industrial and marine coatings
Printing Inks
  Cobalt, Manganese   Promotes faster drying in various printing inks
Tires
  Cobalt   Promotes bonding of metal-to-rubber in radial tires
Construction Equipment and Cutting Tools
  Cobalt   Strengthens and adds durability to diamond and machine cutting tools and drilling equipment used in construction, oil and gas drilling, and quarrying
Petrochemical Refining
  Cobalt, Nickel   Catalyzes reduction of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen emissions
Ceramics and Glassware
  Cobalt, Nickel   Provides color for pigments, earthenware and glass and facilitates adhesion of porcelain to metal
Polyester Resins
  Cobalt, Copper, Zinc   Accelerates the curing of polyester resins found in reinforced fiberglass boats, storage tanks, bathrooms, sports equipment, automobile and truck components
Memory Disks
  Nickel   Enhances information storage on disks for computers and consumer electronics
 
Financial information, including reportable segment and geographic data, is contained in Note 16 to the consolidated financial statements contained in Item 8 of this Annual Report.
 
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