Isola Group to Purchase Gividi-Italy

CHANDLER, ARIZONA, MARCH 14,2005 – Isola Group, today announced the acquisition of the assets and intellectual property of Gividi-Italy, a specialty manufacturer of fiber glass cloth for the printed circuit board industry. The company, located in Monza Italy, has revenue of over $20 million will report into Isola Europe. The acquisition will be completed during the first of April, terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“This acquisition strengthens our technology platform enabling us to expand the development of proprietary finishes used for our rapidly growing high performance products segment” stated Ray Sharpe, President and CEO of Isola Group. Commenting further he stated, “This investment demonstrates the commitment of our shareholders to not only the printed circuit industry, but to our new product development process as well.”

Industry expert Brian Swiggert of Prismark Partners cites the high performance specialty laminate materials at approximately 14% of the global rigid and multillayer printed circuit board laminate market today, but states that this segment is growing at three times the rate of the overall laminate market. According to Swiggett, Prismark expects that the specialty laminate materials will capture more than 20% of the market within five years.

The new company will be renamed to Isola Fabrics S.r.l. according to Augusto Meozzi, President Europe for Isola Group. “We are very pleased that management and employees have agreed to join Isola. Marco Scari will remain as General Manager and Fabio Scari will remain as Commercial Director of the new company ” Meozzi continues, “Our companies have a long relationship, in fact Gividi has been providing Isola specialty glass finishes for more than 15 years.”

As one of the largest consumers of glass cloth in the electronics industry, Sharpe does not see this acquisition negatively impacting Isola’s preferred suppliers. He stated, ” this acquisition is really a strategic investment in new product development and positions us to better support our European customers. We will work with our global supply base to insure that they have access to any new finishes we develop. This is very important as Isola Glass Fibers will not have sufficient capacity to meet all our needs. This is all about strengthening our technology platform.”

14 March 2005

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