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SPECTRAN TO ACQUIRE OPTICAL FIBER SPECIALTY COATING TECHNOLOGY FROM RAYCHEM

 SPECTRAN TO ACQUIRE OPTICAL FIBER SPECIALTY
 COATING TECHNOLOGY FROM RAYCHEM
 STURBRIDGE, Mass., May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- SpecTran Corporation, (NASDAQ-NMS: SPTR) today announced it has agreed to purchase from Raychem Corporation, Menlo Park, Ca., the assets and technology, including a U.S. patent, for the application of specialty coatings on glass optical fibers. Terms of the purchase were not announced. "This agreement increased our family of specialty optical coatings to include silicone and ETFE, a high performance fluoropolymer material," Crawford L. Cutts, SpecTran's vice president of business development, said.
 In addition, SpecTran will acquire technology in the application of polyimide coating on optical fiber from Raychem which will supplement the internal development work SpecTran has undertaken in this area during the past several years.
 Raychem Corporation initially developed these material process technologies to meet the stringent requirements of the aerospace industry. Optical fibers have proven flightworthy in a number of military aircraft. "Deployment of optical fiber for advanced communication and entertainment systems onboard commercial aircraft is expected to begin in the next few years," Cutts added.
 "These coating additions to SpecTran's optical fiber product line will allow SpecTran to provide its customers with a broad range of options for assuring fiber reliability in adverse operating conditions. Specialty coatings such as polyimide, silicone and ETFE provide better protection for glass fibers in high temperature and high humidity environments than do conventional acrylate coatings," Cutts noted.
 "Raychem Corporation is recognized for its expertise in materials research. By combining the technology acquired form Raychem with SpecTran's experience in manufacturing optical fiber, we will be able to provide the highest performance specialty fibers to meet the requirements of new and demanding applications," Cutts concluded.
 Raychem is exiting the optical fiber coating business because it does not fit into the long-term strategy for its electronics sector.
 SpecTran Corporation develops, manufactures and markets glass optical fibers.
 Raychem Corporation of Menlo Park, is an international materials science company with more than 11,000 employees in over 40 countries and sales of $1.25 billion in fiscal 1991. The company develops, manufactures and markets high performance products utilizing specialized materials for electronic, industrial and telecommunications applications.
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 /CONTACT: Bruce A. Cannon of SpecTran, 508-347-2261, or Spencer Sias of Raychem, 415-361-7840/
 (SPTR) CO: SpecTran Corporation; Raychem Corporation ST: Massachusetts IN: SU: TNM


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