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GRACE AND COORS AGREE TO DEVELOP ADVANCED CERAMIC ELECTRONIC PACKAGING

GRACE AND COORS AGREE TO DEVELOP ADVANCED CERAMIC ELECTRONIC PACKAGING
 BOCA RATON, Fla., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA) and Coors Electronic Package Company, Chattanooga, Tenn., today announced an agreement to jointly develop advanced ceramic electronic packaging. This arrangement strategically combines Grace's research and development capabilities with Coors' manufacturing and market positions.
 The agreement outlines the development of manufacturing technology centered on a patented hot press process which exceeds state-of-the-art capability for dimensional control in co-fired ceramic packages. Development will focus initially on the use of aluminum nitride, a new packaging material that has superior thermal and dielectric properties permitting higher levels of chip integration. Coors Electronic Package Company will perform manufacturing at its Chattanooga facility which achieved initial capacity earlier this year.
 The companies will jointly commercialize the technology under the name Grace/Coors Joint Development Program. Coors will act as the sales agent for the program through its office in Chattanooga, Tenn. Grace will provide marketing services through its Commercial Development Division here.
 Grace and Coors have worked for four years as subcontractors to an aerospace company to develop a family of aluminum nitride packages for multichip modules. Other advanced prototype designs are being produced by the Grace/Coors team, and several future high volume applications have been quoted. This technology appears to be critical to the emergence of large multichip modules. "The worldwide market for hot press packaging is estimated to be $400 million in 2000," said James Gado, development manager, Commercial Planning Department, at Grace's Research Division in Columbia, Md.
 Coors Ceramics Company, established in 1920, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Adolph Coors Company (NASDAQ-NMS: ACCOB) and a world leader in the manufacture of electronic and structural ceramics.
 Grace is the world's largest specialty chemicals company with a leadership position in health care.
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 CONTACT: Chuck Suits of W. R. Grace, 407-362-2600 or 800-GRACE99; or Jim Wade, Coors, 615-755-5452
 (GRA ACCOB) CO: W. R. GRACE & CO.; COORS ELECTRONIC PACKAGE COMPANY IN: CHM SU: JVN ST: FL,TN -- FL004 -- X358 09/30/92
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