On May 7, 2002, the Solvay Group acquired the assets of Ausimont, a fluorinated specialties manufacturer, from its parent, Montedison. As part of an overall business strategy and vision focusing on the core strengths of the expanded organization, Ausimont assets were joined with those of Solvay s fluoropolymer activities. Combining the Solvay and Ausimont fluorinated materials portfolios doubled Solvay s position in the high growth, high value-added fluorinated specialties sector. The mission of Solvay Solexis is to continually grow the company s worldwide position as the leader of innovative fluorinated products for specialty markets. The company s products are used in a wide variety of industrial sectors, including semiconductors and electronics, chemical processing, oil and gas, surface treatment, pharmaceutical, filtration, architecture and construction, wire and cable, automotive, aerospace, batteries and personal care. The company s worldwide headquarters are in Bollate, Italy, with the United States headquarters in Thorofare, N.J. It also maintains a branch location in Orange, Texas.