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9 October 2012

5N Plus subsidiary awarded US Defense Logistics Agency strategic materials contract

5N Plus Inc of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, a producer of specialty metal and chemical products, says that its 66.67%-owned subsidiary Sylarus Technologies LLC in St. George, UT, USA has been awarded a US$1.32m contract by the US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to upgrade a portion of the National Defense Stockpile (NDS) high-purity germanium metal inventory to unfinished germanium substrates for multifunction photovoltaic solar cells employed in National Security Space (NSS) applications.

Sylarus is the sole US domestic space-qualified germanium substrate supplier to NSS customers, and is one of only two NSS-qualified germanium substrate suppliers worldwide. The award brings the total Sylarus US Government contract award value to over US$10m.

5N Plus says that the DLA award is strategic in nature as Sylarus now becomes part of the US NDS for strategic materials, with the potential for follow-on business both as a strategic metal supplier and NDS inventory manager.

Tags: 5N Plus germanium


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