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1 Sony Technology Center-Pittsburgh 1990 -- 2008 History and Highlights Courtesy Sony Pittsburgh Corporate Communications -- 2008

2 Products Produced at STC-P 1992-2008 50-, 55-, 60-, 70-inch SXRD™ HD Rear Projection TV 70-inch Grand WEGA™ LCD projection TV 65-inch HD Rear Projection TV 61-, 57-, 53-, 48-, 43-inch Rear Projection TV 60-inch Grand WEGA ™ LCD projection TV 50-inch Grand WEGA ™ LCD projection TV 46-inch Grand WEGA ™ 42-inch Grand WEGA ™ LCD projection TV 32- 36- 40-inch FD Trinitron ® WEGA ™ TV 40-, 46-, 52-inch LCD Direct View BRAVIA ® Televisions 7-inch Cathode Ray Tubes Aperture Grille Flat Display (FD) Trinitron ® Cathode Ray Tube Television Glass for Cathode Ray Tubes Coated Thermal Transfer Ribbon Industrial Adhesives Ultra-Violet Coatings Molded Plastic Parts

3 STC-P History 1990 - 2008 1969Chrysler builds shell of building (frame, walls & roof) 1978Volkswagen takes over and starts auto assembly August 1988Volkswagen closes November 1990Sony takes over former Volkswagen auto factory October 1991CRT construction begins (CRT manufacturing ends 2006) January 1992Color TV construction begun July 1992Rear Projection TV on-line – first set produced end of July 1992 (Rear Projection closes 2007) April 1994PJ CRT in full production December 1994Flat Aperture Grille operations (AG manufacturing ends (2006) June 1995American Video Glass Company founded February 199635V Trinitron Tube on line April 199635V Set Assembly on-line (Symphony) March 1997American Video Glass begins production (AV closes 2006) April 1998Display Systems Service Company-Pittsburgh opens (closed in 2001) July 1998FD Trinitron ® CRT production & Aperture Grille Line #2 for Computer Monitors began September 1998FD Trinitron WEGA ™ assembly begins June 1999American Video Glass begins production of flat panel glass April 2000FD Trinitron ® CRT manufacturing expands June 200140” FD Trinitron ® production begins 2001Start of Foreign Trade Zone operation August 200138” glass panel production begins at American Video Glass Co. September 200140” WEGA ™ TV production begins (Direct View TV production ends 2006) 2002Grand WEGA ® LCD Production Begins 2003 Pittsburgh Customer Satisfaction Center (PCSC) opens 2003-2006 Pittsburgh Logistics Center operations 2004 -2005 Plasma assembly operations 2004-2005 Introduction of 34” HD Widescreen WEGA ™ 2005 -2007SXRD™ assembly operations 2007-2008Start-up of BRAVIA ® LCD Flat Panel Direct View Assembly July 2008Sony Chemicals of America sold to Dai Nippon Printing

4 Fast Facts -- 2008 450-Acre Campus STC-P has 2.8 million sq. ft. under roof More than 3 miles of hallways 560 employees Cumulative total investment = $800,000,000+

5 Protecting Our Environment Sony is committed to conserving resources and energy to reduce waste, increase efficiency and, most importantly, to help the environment. –Sony was named an EPA Energy Star Partner for making products that use less electricity and thus fewer natural resources. –We safely eliminate by-products of production. In the case of iron chloride —which was created in the manufacturing process of the aperture grille — it was sold to a local community to help purify municipal wastewater. –We have recently successfully recycled the Styrofoam in which parts are shipped to us into the plastics used to make television parts and we have an almost totally closed-loop on our cardboard by recycling the cardboard cartons we receive raw materials into the boxes we ship televisions out in. –Our employees take part in local clean-up and environmental activities.

6 Milestones Beginning in 1992, Sony Technology Center-Pittsburgh was the base for Sony’s global engineering and production of large- screen rear-projection TV sets. In 1994, STC-P was the first Sony site to produce 7-inch color picture tubes for use in rear projection TVs. 1995 saw STC-P begin operations of Sony’s first and only Aperture Grille manufacturing facility which exported this critical TV component to plants throughout the world. That year, too, Sony Chemicals Corporation of America opened its first manufacturing facility in the U.S. at STC-P. The first large size cathode ray tube, the 35-inch Trinitron ® was produced in 1996.

7 Milestones In 1997, STC-P became the world’s first vertically integrated TV plant when the American Video Glass Company began production of television glass. The sand for the glass came from Pennsylvania and West Virginia and the glass was shipped across the street and made into color television picture tubes at STC-P and then put into the 35-inch Trinitron ® TV. The following year Sony introduced flat cathode ray tubes with glass made at STC-P. Flat displays eliminated the distortion seen in tradition picture tubes. In 1999, Sony’s first High Definition rear projection television, a state-of-the-art, 65-inch set, was designed and built at STC-P. Also, STC-P, Sony Electronics and Waste Management, Inc. formed a partnership to develop new methods of post-consumer electronics recycling. American Video Glass began production of flat-panel glass. STC-P produced its 1,000,000th rear projection and regular television set! In 2001, Sony Electronics announced plans for STC-P to manufacture a 40-inch WEGA ™ television. The 40-inch WEGA ™ utilized flat picture tube technology and was the largest mass produced CRT in the industry. In September 2001, STC-P was granted Foreign Trade Zone status. As the only television manufacturing facility in the northeast, and one of only three left in the United States, FTZ designation helped STC- P to remain competitive with television plants that have moved offshore and to Mexico. In late 2001, STC-P was chosen as the production site for North American for wide-screen, high definition rear projection sets and in 2002, the site began sole production of the wide-screen, digital rear projection televisions. STC-P started to produce the 50-inch and 60-inch rear projection LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) Grand WEGA ™ television sets. That same year AV was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of the leading companies, nationally for their waste minimization initiatives. In 2003, STC-P welcomed the Pittsburgh Refurbishing Operation (PRO) which refurbished a variety of Sony products and services all sizes and types of televisions. That division is now known as the Pittsburgh Customer Satisfaction Center. The Pittsburgh Logistics Center (PLC) opened that same year in the old Montgomery Ward Warehouse near STC-P. The PLC served as a distribution facility for a variety of Sony products. Finally in 2003, STC-P's Aperture Grille (AG) division won the Governor's Environmental Award for their reduction of hexavalent chromium in the manufacture of aperture grilles.

8 Milestones In May of 2004, STC-P received word that the Direct View set group was chosen to make the 42- inch Plasma WEGA™ television sets. The Display group (DDP) also began the production of several new widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio) cathode ray tube models in 2004. The new CRT models were used in the 34-inch and 30-inch FD Trinitron ® WEGA ™ televisions. n May of 2004, Sony Electronics was awarded the prestigious CEO award for the launch of Grand WEGA ™ televisions which achieved the number one position in the U.S. for the Grand WEGA™ XBR/WE series. STC-P shared the honor of the award with the Grand WEGA™ Sales and Marketing teams. STC-P hosted Sony Electronics' national media launch of its newest television in August 2005. The Grand WEGA™ SXRD™ (Silicon Crystal Reflective Display) Rear Projection HDTV was manufactured in 50” and 60” sizes at STC-P for the North American Market. Then U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow and former Senator Rick Santorum visited STC-P in August 2005 to discuss trade issues and the American economy with Sony executives and as part of the celebration of the 1 Millionth Grand WEGA™ television, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell visited STC-P and presented Sony with $1 million Opportunity Grant for job training and technology investment. 2006 and 2007 brought major changes in technology and the television industry. STC-P ended the manufacture of CRT’s and assembly of picture tube-type televisions. As a result, the Display Device Pittsburgh and CTV-Assembly operations were closed. The American Video Glass Company ended production of television glass at the site and closed as well. In 2007, Sony produced its last rear-projection television, the SXRD™. The new Sony BRAVIA ® flat-panel LCD television sets were introduced.

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