Timminco Limited
TSX : TIM

Timminco Limited

July 22, 2009 08:00 ET

Timminco Provides Update on Solar Grade Silicon Operations

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 22, 2009) - Timminco Limited ("Timminco" or the "Company") (TSX:TIM) provided an update today on its solar grade silicon operations.

For the second quarter of 2009, the Company produced 243 metric tons of solar grade silicon (also known as upgraded metallurgical silicon, or "UMSi"), operating three purification lines out of an available seven lines. Due to weak market conditions in the solar photovoltaic energy industry, the Company shipped 34 metric tons in the quarter, at an average selling price of $39 per kg.

In light of continuing weak demand for UMSi and its plan to maintain production at levels in line with customer orders, the Company is temporarily reducing its production to one purification line. This curtailment in production will allow the Company to further preserve working capital and save costs by temporarily reducing headcount by up to 60 employees. The Company expects to resume production of UMSi on the idled purification lines once demand recovers.

"Our shipments in the quarter and our decision to reduce production levels until demand recovers reflect the difficult market conditions in the current solar industry," stated John Fenger, President and Chief Operating Officer of Timminco. "In this challenging environment, we will continue to prudently manage our costs and preserve capital while preparing for an eventual recovery of the solar market."

About Timminco

Timminco produces solar grade silicon for the solar photovoltaic energy industry. Using its proprietary, patent pending technology, Timminco purifies silicon metal into solar grade silicon (also known as upgraded metallurgical silicon) for use in the manufacture of solar cells. Timminco also produces silicon metal, for use in a broad range of industrial applications serving the aluminum, chemical, pharmaceutical, electronics and automotive industries.

CAUTIONARY NOTE ON FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION

This news release contains "forward-looking information", as such term is defined in applicable Canadian securities legislation, concerning Timminco's future financial or operating performance and other statements that express management's expectations or estimates of future developments, circumstances or results. Generally, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "expects", "believes", "anticipates", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "plans" and variations of such words and phrases, or by statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "will", "could", "would" or "might" "be taken", "occur" or "be achieved". In this news release, such information includes statements regarding: demand for and production of UMSi, and preservation of working capital and cost savings. Forward-looking information is based on a number of assumptions and estimates that, while considered reasonable by management based on the business and markets in which Timminco operates, are inherently subject to significant operational, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies.
Timminco cautions that forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Timminco's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such information, including, but not limited to: deteriorating global economic conditions; future growth plans and strategic objectives; liquidity risks; limitations under existing credit facilities; long-term contracts for supplying solar grade silicon; solar grade silicon production cost targets; selling prices of solar grade silicon and silicon metal; achieving and maintaining the purity of solar grade silicon; production capacity expansion at the Becancour facilities; pricing and availability of raw materials for the silicon business; customer capabilities in producing ingots; limited history with the solar grade silicon business; dependence upon power supply for silicon metal production; protection of intellectual property rights; government and economic incentives; closure of the magnesium facilities and the completion of related proposed transactions; cost and availability of magnesium metal; dependence upon key customers of magnesium extruded and fabricated products; credit risk exposure; customer concentration; equipment failures; labour disputes; foreign currency exchange; dependence upon key executives and employees; completion and integration of potential acquisitions, partnerships or joint ventures; risks with foreign operations and suppliers; environmental, health and safety laws and liabilities; transportation disruptions; conflicts of interest; interest rates; intellectual property infringement claims; new regulatory requirements; changes in tax laws; and climate change. These factors are discussed in greater detail in Timminco's Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2008, and Timminco's most recent Management's Discussion and Analysis, each of which is available via the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com. Although Timminco has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking information, there can be other factors that cause results, performance or achievements not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate or that management's expectations or estimates of future developments, circumstances or results will materialize. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. The forward-looking information in this news release is made as of the date of this news release and Timminco disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise such information, except as required by applicable law.

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