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2nd April 2012

Schmelzmetall joins BeST

Schmelzmetall AG joins the Beryllium Science & Technology Association as new member, following a uninamous vote by the BeST Board today.

We are pleased to have a new member already so early after the creation of our organisation” explains BeST Chairman Dr. Andreas Köster. “It underlines the importance of our organization in promoting the use of good science in all issues involving Beryllium. With a growing membership we will increase our visibility, our representativeness and financial means to carry out the necessary activities.”

Further information on BeST and Beryllium can be found at www.beryllium.eu.

Notes to the editor:

Beryllium is the fourth element on the Periodic Table with the symbol ‘Be’.  It is a naturally occurring element. The principal properties of beryllium are its low density, high rigidity, reflectivity, structural stability at high temperatures and conductivity of heat. The unique properties of this lightweight metal make it a critical enabler of modern technologies extensively used throughout aerospace, defence, telecommunications and computer, energy exploration, medical diagnostic and other advanced applications. Beryllium is one of 14 substances identified by the European Commission as ‘critical’ to the European Union.

BeST is the representative body for the Beryllium sector in Europe.  The aim of BeST is to provide good science to policymakers and the adoption of rules and regulations that protect consumers and workers and take into account the socio-economic importance of Beryllium to the European Union.

Schmelzmetall was founded in 1959 in Gurtnellen, Switzerland and has been a leading manufacturer of copper-based high-performance materials. The company is represented worldwide by own subsidiaries and partners. It has expertise of more than 50 years in manufacturing copper alloys in vacuum, guaranteeing a high consistency of materials. Schmelzmetall is a leader in the further processing into semi-finished products and finished parts.

BeST contactwww.beryllium.eumaurits.bruggink@beryllium.eu; +32.2.770 67 88