Press Release


Robert Russotti


Voltaix, Inc.

197 Meister Avenue

North Branch, NJ 08876




DATE: 4/22/02

Michael Pikulin to Succeed Thomas Pletzke as Voltaix, Inc. Senior Vice President, Sales & Operations

Michael Pikulin Appointed Senior VP Sales and Operations

Voltaix, Inc.,  a leading manufacturer of chemicals and gases for the semiconductor and photovoltaics industries, today announced that Michael A. Pikulin will succeed Thomas Pletzke as Senior Vice President, Sales and Operations. Mr. Pletzke who joined the company in 1997, and took over responsibility for its manufacturing and operations in 1999 will remain on the Voltaix, Inc. Board and continue to work on special projects. 

"Tom provided key leadership in the development of Voltaix and the Voltaix team," said John P. de Neufville, President and C.E.O. "We will miss his participation in daily operations but look forward to his ongoing work on special projects and presence on the Board, " he continued. 

Michael Pikulin who succeeds Mr. Pletzke joined Voltaix in 1998 and has been serving as chairman of the company's Management Committee since November 2001. Author of eighteen US Patents, Mr. Pikulin was a long-time employee of American Cyanamid and Union Camp Corporations. He previously was Voltaix, Inc. Vice President, Engineering and Technology.

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Voltaix is recognized worldwide for manufacturing high purity specialty gases and chemicals for emerging applications. Voltaix compressed gas products, chemicals and gas mixtures are used in ion implantation, chemical vapor deposition, amorphous silicon germanium thin films, advanced electronics and semiconductor manufacture and other device production. Voltaix develops manufacturing, purification, analysis and packaging technologies for the gas industry, semiconductor capital equipment makers and semiconductor device makers. Its products include , germane, diborane, silane, disilane, silicon tetrafluoride, boron trifluoride and trimethylboron.