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Wednesday 21 February, 2001


Re Ceramics Material Plant

21 February 2001

                        UCM Group PLC
                   ('UCM' or the 'Group')

     Further investment in leading edge advanced ceramic
                    materials production
UCM,  the  leading provider of specialty chemical  products,
is  pleased  to  announce   that  the  board  have  approved
expenditure  for the second phase expansion of its  advanced
ceramic materials plant at Stafford in the UK.

Capacity  will  be  increased by 50 per cent.  in  order  to
satisfy  the  increasing demand for its  range  of  powders.
Expenditure is projected to be approximately £1 million  and
will be met from the Group's existing facilities.

The   expansion   project  will  give  steadily   increasing
additional capacity until final completion in the first half
of 2002.

UCM's  advanced ceramic materials are principally micronised
zirconia   powders,  essential  to  the  emerging  technical
ceramics  market. The materials have unique properties  that
are  being  adopted  in  a variety of new  technologies  and
applications.  UCM  has   developed  a  range   of   powders
ultimately used in the manufacture or development of  oxygen
sensors in automotive applications, fuel cells, fibre  optic
connectors and wear resistant components for engineering.

Commenting   on  the  expansion  plan,  Bob  Hughes,   Chief
Executive  said;  'The  investment in additional  production
facilities  for  advanced  ceramic  materials  reflects  the
success  of  the  Group  in responding  to  the  demands  of
customers  from  around the world to  use  our  products  in
exciting new technologies.'



UCM Group PLC                                  01785 223122
Bob Hughes, Chief Executive
Melvyn Fookes, Finance Director

Square Mile  BSMG                              020 7601 1000
John Stanley or Alex White        

Notes to Editors

UCM  manufactures  a range of specialist  ceramic  products.
Standard zirconia is principally used in the manufacture  of
high  integrity refractory products, which are used  in  the
production  of  steel, magnesia products  are  used  in  the
manufacture  of  heating  elements for  the  industrial  and
domestic  appliance markets and advanced  ceramic  materials
with a variety of technical applications.

For  further information on the UCM Group visit its web site