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SDK to Introduce Corporate Officers System

January 11, 2001

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has decided to introduce the system of corporate officers effective March 29, 2001.

By defining clearly the respective responsibilities of directors and corporate officers, SDK will ensure quick decision-making by the Board of Directors regarding basic policy matters and business strategies to better manage the Group's increasingly globalized operations.

The Board of Directors will also strengthen its supervision of operations conducted by respective business sectors.

At the same time, the newly introduced corporate officers will further strengthen and accelerate the execution of businesses.