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DU PONT AND HERCULES SIGN COMPOSITE PARTS AGREEMENT

 DU PONT AND HERCULES SIGN COMPOSITE PARTS AGREEMENT
 WILMINGTON, Del., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Du Pont (NYSE: DD) and


Hercules Incorporated (NYSE: HPC) announced today that they have signed an agreement to develop, manufacture and market composite parts based on thermoplastic fiber placement technology.
 Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
 "This agreement combines world class capabilities of both companies, and allows us to bring important new technologies quickly to market," said Robert A. Cooper, director, Du Pont composite structures. Specifically, Hercules' fiber placement technology and Du Pont's thermoplastic insitu consolidation capabilities will be harnessed to yield complex parts for aerospace and naval applications.
 Harry J. Tucci, Hercules vice president and general manager, Composite Products Group, said, "The strengths of the two companies are very complementary and will mean timely, cost-effective solutions to customers' needs."
 Fiber placement is an automated, low-labor manufacturing process that converts resin-impregnated bundles of fiber, or tow, into a composite structure. Thermoplastic insitu consolidation is a process in which the impregnated tow is simultaneously positioned and fused to the existing composite structure.
 The partnership grew out of a joint proposal developed last fall by Du Pont and Hercules along with the University of Delaware's Institute for Advanced Composites Technology (IACT). The proposal won a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for rapid manufacturing technology development.
 The agreement, noted Cooper and Tucci, "represents the good things that can happen to spur the U.S. advanced materials industry when government, academia and industry team up."
 Hercules has been involved in advanced composites since the late 1960s. Today, Hercules is the leading U.S. supplier of carbon fiber materials and one of the largest converters of carbon fiber into finished structures for aerospace applications. Hercules is a supplier of carbon fiber materials to aerospace, automotive, industrial and sports markets. The company fabricated a number of key carbon fiber structures including the mast, fin keel and rudder for America3, the winner of the 1992 America's Cup Yachting Competition. The yacht was also constructed with Hercules carbon fiber.
 Du Pont's involvement in advanced composites began in the 1970s with the introduction of "Kevlar" aramid and honeycomb of "Nomex" aramid. Du Pont Composites was formed in 1985 to extend Du Pont's traditional role as a materials supplier to a supplier of composite parts and systems. The business focuses on the aircraft/aerospace, automotive, industrial, electronics and orthopedics markets.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy K. Tidona of Du Pont, 302-999-5899, or Robert B. Hessler of Hercules, 302-594-6920/
 (DD HPC) CO: Du Pont; Hercules Incorporated ST: Delaware IN: CHM SU: JVN


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