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AMERICAN PACIFIC ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL TESTING OF SODIUM AZIDE PRODUCED AT ITS NEW UTAH PLANT

 AMERICAN PACIFIC ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL TESTING OF
 SODIUM AZIDE PRODUCED AT ITS NEW UTAH PLANT
 LAS VEGAS, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- American Pacific Corp. (NASDAQ: APFC) today announced that it had submitted sodium azide samples to the two U.S. manufacturers of automotive airbag safety systems, each of which determined that the sample met the manufacturer's product specification. Sodium azide is the principal chemical used to inflate automotive airbag safety systems.
 Fred. D. Gibson, Jr., president and chief executive officer, stated: "Successful product testing by the major customers is an important milestone in the development of our sodium azide project. In the course of testing critical equipment to verify design capability, we have successfully crystallized, dried and blended high quality product at our sodium azide facility now under construction in Iron County, Utah. The plant, which is being upgraded from its original design capacity of 4.4 million pounds-per-year in response to increasing indications of early demand, will be essentially mechanically complete late this year. The first of the facility's two production lines is scheduled to be operational in early December 1992 and the other in January 1993. Product sales for the latter part of the 1993 model year are expected to begin shortly after our plant reaches full capacity in January.
 "Dramatic increases in requirements for sodium azide to support the deployment of automotive airbag safety systems are anticipated in model years 1993 and 1994. Even with announced plans for new capacity, we expect sodium azide demand to be substantially in excess of supply in North America and worldwide for at least the next several years."
 American Pacific's principal business activities consist of the production of chlorate and perchlorate chemicals, including chiefly ammonium perchlorate, the oxidizer utilized in composite solid rocket propellants employed in a large number of space and military systems, the design and manufacture of pollution control systems and industrial and commercial real estate development.
 In addition to its sodium azide project, the company is also moving forward rapidly with its program to commercialize Halotron as a substitute for ozone depleting halon in fire extinguishment systems worldwide. These efforts include pilot plant completion and continued successful demonstrations and testing of Halotron.
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 /CONTACT: C. Keith Rooker, executive VP of American Pacific, 702-735-2200/
 (APFC) CO: American Pacific Corp. ST: Nevada, Utah IN: CHM SU:


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