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Momentive Launches New Silplus High Consistency Elastomer Platform

November 19, 2009

Underscores Global Commitment to Customers

ALBANY, N.Y., November 19, 2009 — Momentive Performance Materials announced today that, beginning in 2010, it will introduce Silplus* silicone elastomers, a new global heat cured rubber (high consistency elastomer) platform based on a uniform production process and raw material inputs. The launch will be supported by an asset strategy in line with Momentive’s strong global footprint. The new products will be produced primarily in Leverkusen, Germany, Shanghai, China and Ohta, Japan. All production sites will use a mix process resulting in higher quality elastomers with good physical properties and a lower level of volatility.

The new global Silplus elastomer portfolio will consist of three platforms, each designed to meet the needs of different applications, and will be offered in a range of hardnesses. The platforms will include Silplus MP multi-purpose silicone elastomers, Silplus EX extrudable silicone elastomers and Silplus HS high strength silicone elastomers.

Silplus MP multi-purpose silicone elastomers will help provide customers with flexibility to more easily compound or blend elastomers to achieve desired properties, and may be considered for use in a wide variety of applications and processing equipment. Silplus EX silicone elastomers help provide enhanced green strength and excellent extrusion performance, and may be considered for applications such as hose, tubing, and profiles. For higher performance applications, Silplus HS silicone elastomers can help provide higher strength and enhanced mechanical properties. All products have been tested against a variety of standards that may be required for potential applications in a variety of industries, including healthcare, consumer, automotive, and energy.

Momentive’s existing HCR base compounds are part of the company’s rich, blended 70-year heritage of innovation, market firsts and deep expertise in silicone elastomers. The new platform will deliver one truly global platform, enhancing strategic and performance advantages for Momentive customers.

“We are excited by the many benefits that the new Silplus elastomers will bring – high quality materials, produced in a uniform production process, available in a transparent portfolio around the world,” said Robert Gnann, Global Market Director of Momentive’s Elastomer business. “This new platform will naturally result in requalification for some of our customers. We are sensitive to the situation and are dedicated to supporting our customers through the transition.” Following the introduction of the new global Silplus elastomer platform, Momentive intends to continue providing individual, customized HCE solutions to customers.

“Momentive will continue to extend its custom compounding services around the world with multiple sites in North and South America, Europe and Pacific. Being able to provide our customers with innovative, customized and ready-to-use rubber products remains an integral part of our growth strategy,” commented Tim Angle, Global Director of Momentive Custom Elastomers.

“We want to build on our technical leadership position in silicone elastomers,” added Mr. Gnann. “The backbone for being able to provide innovative heat cured rubbers to the global market is having a base platform of materials to work from that is high in quality, consistently made, and manufactured at a competitive cost. We will have that with the launch of Silplus silicone elastomers. It will also help us continue to grow our custom compounding business.”

In order to meet the increasing global demand for these elastomers, Momentive will double the capacity of its plant in Shanghai by the end of 2009. The Shanghai facility, exclusively dedicated to silicone elastomer production, utilizes state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and operates under high quality and safety standards.

Many of the new Silplus grades are currently available for sampling.

About Momentive Performance Materials

Momentive Performance Materials Inc. is a premier specialty materials company, providing hightechnology materials solutions to the silicones, quartz and ceramics markets. The company, as a global leader with worldwide operations, has a robust product portfolio, an enduring tradition of service excellence, and industry-leading research and development capabilities. Momentive Performance Materials Inc. is controlled by an affiliate of Apollo Management, L.P. Additional information is available at www.momentive.com.

*Silplus is a registered trademark of Momentive Performance Materials Inc.

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