Exide Technologies' Lutz and Muhlhauser to Attend FIRST Robotics National Competition Finals

Company Also Proud Sponsor of Detroit Team



Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from Exide Technologies

    PRINCETON, N.J., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Exide Technologies (NYSE:   EX),
 the global leader in stored electrical energy solutions, will play an
 instrumental role at the 2001 FIRST Robotics Competition National Finals in
 Orlando, Fla., April 5-7.  Robert Lutz, Exide's Chairman and CEO, will be part
 of this year's judging panel for the competition.  And as a FIRST Board of
 Directors member, Craig Muhlhauser, Exide's President and COO, also will be
 part of the activities.  Not only has the company been a key battery supplier
 for the entire FIRST competition season, but Exide also proudly sponsors
 "Las Guerrillas" -- Team 469 from Detroit -- a leading contender at this
 weekend's tournament finals at EPCOT Center in Walt Disney World.  The
 company's $17,000 donation to "Las Guerrillas" has helped make it possible for
 the team to compete all year.
 
     Exide Technologies:  The Power Behind the Creativity
     The primary goal of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and
 Technology) is to generate interest among high school students nationwide
 about the importance of science and advancements in technology.  Each year,
 the non-profit group generates innovative engineering challenges where
 students use their applied science knowledge and skills.  During the robotics
 competition season, which features a new contest each year, teams work with
 engineers from both businesses and universities to design and construct their
 own robots that are put to the test at a series of regional tournaments.  The
 season culminates at the national finals in Orlando where more than 300 teams
 will compete.
     This year, Exide donated 600 sealed lead-acid batteries to FIRST.  The
 batteries have been the main power source for the teams' competing robots
 throughout the year.  At the beginning of the competition season, each team
 received a package of parts that included two, 12-volt sealed gel batteries.
 These rechargeable, leakproof batteries are used to power pneumatic cylinders,
 pumps and motors essential for the operation of each robot that can be no
 taller than five feet and weigh no more than 130 pounds.
     "Exide Technologies is proud to be the power behind the creativity of the
 FIRST organization's robotics competition circuit," said Lutz.  "As a
 technology innovator, we allied with FIRST to demonstrate the importance of
 the lead-acid battery in 21st century life as well as future applications for
 this technology.  In these real-world, hands-on technical exercises, our
 ultimate goal is to inspire the teams to investigate and develop technological
 solutions for tomorrow.  We can only imagine what these students will
 accomplish as professionals."
 
     Exide Technologies Meets Team 469 -- "Las Guerrillas"
     At the beginning of the 2001 competition season, FIRST Team 469 -- faced
 numerous challenges.  The Detroit-area team, comprised of 31 gifted high
 school students from the Oakland County, Mich., magnet school district had
 just six weeks to build their robot.  They were preparing to face the rigors
 of the robotics competition with their robot, Cornelius II, but still needed
 official team sponsors to help with travel expenses and offer support during
 competitions.
     "We were already familiar with Exide Technologies as the primary battery
 sponsor for FIRST's robotics competitions for the 2001 season," said Gail
 Alpert, team coordinator for Las Guerrillas.  Because the lead-acid battery is
 the fundamental power source for the robot and makes competition possible, it
 only made sense to approach the company who was already such an integral part
 of the FIRST organization."
     "The members of Team 469 exhibit tremendous talent and take their
 commitment to technological advancement seriously," said Lutz.  "When the team
 asked us to be one of their official sponsors, we were inspired to make a
 $17,000 donation to a group of students whose philosophy is 'to learn by
 doing, not by watching.'  Company-wide, we'll be rooting for 'Las Guerrillas'
 in Orlando."
     In each two-minute competition, four robots work together to place balls
 of varying sizes atop two, 7 ft. tall "goals" made of PCV pipe; the robots
 must then balance the two goals on a teetering bridge and make it to the end
 zone by the end of the round.
     "Competitions during national finals are played in successive rounds, so
 the battery powering the robot must be fully charged and up to the challenge,"
 said Alpert.  "Throughout the season, the kids have found the batteries to
 really be top performers -- it's made a big difference for Cornelius II at
 every match."
     The talented Team 469 has high hopes for this weekend's national
 competition finals in Orlando.  Recently, they were seeded fourth at the West
 Michigan Regional in Grand Rapids, Mich., held March 8-10, and placed second
 at the Great Lakes Regional in Ypsilanti, Mich., on March 22-24.
     The batteries Exide supplied for the robots have more than 150 uses,
 primarily in burglar and fire alarms; small backup systems for home computers;
 and portable jump start kits for cars.  In Florida alone, Exide's batteries
 are used by the space program for backup and standby applications.  A large
 number of the state's municipalities also use Exide's batteries for
 applications such as emergency lighting; standby power; uninterruptible power
 supply; and emergency security.  The marine industry also uses Exide's
 batteries for a number of its on-board systems.  Exide's batteries also can be
 found in personal mobility vehicles manufactured by the wheelchair industry
 and a wide range of other applications.
 
     NOTES:
     Exide Technologies is the global leader in providing electrical energy
 storage solutions.  The company has annualized revenues of approximately
 $3 billion and has operations in 89 countries, serving the industrial and
 transportation markets.
     Industrial applications include network-power batteries for
 telecommunications systems, fuel cell loading leveling, electric utilities,
 railroads, photovoltaic (solar-power storage) and other uninterruptible power
 supply (UPS) markets; and motive-power batteries for a broad range of
 equipment uses, including lift trucks, mining and commercial vehicles.
     Transportation uses include automotive, heavy-duty truck, agricultural,
 marine and other batteries, as well as new technologies being developed for
 hybrid vehicles and new 42-volt automotive applications.  The company supplies
 both the aftermarket and original equipment transportation customers.
     Further information about Exide Technologies, its financial results and
 other information, can be found at http://www.exideworld.com .
 
     Certain statements in this press release may constitute forward-looking
 statements as defined by the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  As
 such, they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors
 that may cause the actual results of the company to be materially different
 from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
 These are enumerated in further detail in the company's Form 10-K.
 
 

SOURCE Exide Technologies
    PRINCETON, N.J., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Exide Technologies (NYSE:   EX),
 the global leader in stored electrical energy solutions, will play an
 instrumental role at the 2001 FIRST Robotics Competition National Finals in
 Orlando, Fla., April 5-7.  Robert Lutz, Exide's Chairman and CEO, will be part
 of this year's judging panel for the competition.  And as a FIRST Board of
 Directors member, Craig Muhlhauser, Exide's President and COO, also will be
 part of the activities.  Not only has the company been a key battery supplier
 for the entire FIRST competition season, but Exide also proudly sponsors
 "Las Guerrillas" -- Team 469 from Detroit -- a leading contender at this
 weekend's tournament finals at EPCOT Center in Walt Disney World.  The
 company's $17,000 donation to "Las Guerrillas" has helped make it possible for
 the team to compete all year.
 
     Exide Technologies:  The Power Behind the Creativity
     The primary goal of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and
 Technology) is to generate interest among high school students nationwide
 about the importance of science and advancements in technology.  Each year,
 the non-profit group generates innovative engineering challenges where
 students use their applied science knowledge and skills.  During the robotics
 competition season, which features a new contest each year, teams work with
 engineers from both businesses and universities to design and construct their
 own robots that are put to the test at a series of regional tournaments.  The
 season culminates at the national finals in Orlando where more than 300 teams
 will compete.
     This year, Exide donated 600 sealed lead-acid batteries to FIRST.  The
 batteries have been the main power source for the teams' competing robots
 throughout the year.  At the beginning of the competition season, each team
 received a package of parts that included two, 12-volt sealed gel batteries.
 These rechargeable, leakproof batteries are used to power pneumatic cylinders,
 pumps and motors essential for the operation of each robot that can be no
 taller than five feet and weigh no more than 130 pounds.
     "Exide Technologies is proud to be the power behind the creativity of the
 FIRST organization's robotics competition circuit," said Lutz.  "As a
 technology innovator, we allied with FIRST to demonstrate the importance of
 the lead-acid battery in 21st century life as well as future applications for
 this technology.  In these real-world, hands-on technical exercises, our
 ultimate goal is to inspire the teams to investigate and develop technological
 solutions for tomorrow.  We can only imagine what these students will
 accomplish as professionals."
 
     Exide Technologies Meets Team 469 -- "Las Guerrillas"
     At the beginning of the 2001 competition season, FIRST Team 469 -- faced
 numerous challenges.  The Detroit-area team, comprised of 31 gifted high
 school students from the Oakland County, Mich., magnet school district had
 just six weeks to build their robot.  They were preparing to face the rigors
 of the robotics competition with their robot, Cornelius II, but still needed
 official team sponsors to help with travel expenses and offer support during
 competitions.
     "We were already familiar with Exide Technologies as the primary battery
 sponsor for FIRST's robotics competitions for the 2001 season," said Gail
 Alpert, team coordinator for Las Guerrillas.  Because the lead-acid battery is
 the fundamental power source for the robot and makes competition possible, it
 only made sense to approach the company who was already such an integral part
 of the FIRST organization."
     "The members of Team 469 exhibit tremendous talent and take their
 commitment to technological advancement seriously," said Lutz.  "When the team
 asked us to be one of their official sponsors, we were inspired to make a
 $17,000 donation to a group of students whose philosophy is 'to learn by
 doing, not by watching.'  Company-wide, we'll be rooting for 'Las Guerrillas'
 in Orlando."
     In each two-minute competition, four robots work together to place balls
 of varying sizes atop two, 7 ft. tall "goals" made of PCV pipe; the robots
 must then balance the two goals on a teetering bridge and make it to the end
 zone by the end of the round.
     "Competitions during national finals are played in successive rounds, so
 the battery powering the robot must be fully charged and up to the challenge,"
 said Alpert.  "Throughout the season, the kids have found the batteries to
 really be top performers -- it's made a big difference for Cornelius II at
 every match."
     The talented Team 469 has high hopes for this weekend's national
 competition finals in Orlando.  Recently, they were seeded fourth at the West
 Michigan Regional in Grand Rapids, Mich., held March 8-10, and placed second
 at the Great Lakes Regional in Ypsilanti, Mich., on March 22-24.
     The batteries Exide supplied for the robots have more than 150 uses,
 primarily in burglar and fire alarms; small backup systems for home computers;
 and portable jump start kits for cars.  In Florida alone, Exide's batteries
 are used by the space program for backup and standby applications.  A large
 number of the state's municipalities also use Exide's batteries for
 applications such as emergency lighting; standby power; uninterruptible power
 supply; and emergency security.  The marine industry also uses Exide's
 batteries for a number of its on-board systems.  Exide's batteries also can be
 found in personal mobility vehicles manufactured by the wheelchair industry
 and a wide range of other applications.
 
     NOTES:
     Exide Technologies is the global leader in providing electrical energy
 storage solutions.  The company has annualized revenues of approximately
 $3 billion and has operations in 89 countries, serving the industrial and
 transportation markets.
     Industrial applications include network-power batteries for
 telecommunications systems, fuel cell loading leveling, electric utilities,
 railroads, photovoltaic (solar-power storage) and other uninterruptible power
 supply (UPS) markets; and motive-power batteries for a broad range of
 equipment uses, including lift trucks, mining and commercial vehicles.
     Transportation uses include automotive, heavy-duty truck, agricultural,
 marine and other batteries, as well as new technologies being developed for
 hybrid vehicles and new 42-volt automotive applications.  The company supplies
 both the aftermarket and original equipment transportation customers.
     Further information about Exide Technologies, its financial results and
 other information, can be found at http://www.exideworld.com .
 
     Certain statements in this press release may constitute forward-looking
 statements as defined by the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  As
 such, they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors
 that may cause the actual results of the company to be materially different
 from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
 These are enumerated in further detail in the company's Form 10-K.
 
 SOURCE  Exide Technologies