Timminco Limited
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Timminco Limited

May 25, 2009 13:54 ET

Timminco and Q-Cells Replace Solar Grade Silicon Contract

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 25, 2009) - Timminco Limited ("Timminco") (TSX:TIM) and Q-Cells SE ("Q-Cells") (FRANKFURT:QCE) announced that they have reached a new supply agreement for solar grade silicon. It will replace the agreement signed in 2008 for the five-year period through 2013. The new agreement contemplates deliveries of 100 mt of solar grade silicon for the remainder of 2009. Volumes, pricing and other terms for deliveries of solar grade silicon in years 2010 to 2013 will be subject to mutual agreement by the end of 2009 and will be negotiated in the context of prevailing solar industry market conditions. Timminco will also return the outstanding deposit of approximately EUR 8.9 million to Q-Cells. The companies agreed to a repayment schedule that will commence in the first quarter 2010 and be completed by the end of 2010. Timminco will pay interest on the outstanding balance at an agreed rate.

"Q-Cells is a valued customer of Timminco." said Rene Boisvert, President of Becancour Silicon Inc. "We look forward to continuing to build a long term relationship with Q-Cells based upon application of our UMG-Si technology."

"We believe in upgraded metallurgical silicon as an important resource for the production of solar cells in the mid- to long-term perspective" says Anton Milner, CEO of Q-Cells SE. "Our technical department is working closely with Timminco to ensure that the material consistently meets our high quality needs."

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, magnesium extrusions and other specialty metals 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: volumes, pricing and other terms for deliveries of solar grade silicon, repayment of the outstanding deposit, and the supply relationship with Q-Cells. 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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