Saft wins multi-million order from Boeing for satellite Li-ion

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    Saft wins multi-million order from Boeing for satellite Li-ion batteries

COCKEYSVILLE, Md. (March 18, 2010) — Saft has received a multi-million order from The Boeing
Company [NYSE: BA] to deliver high-performance lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for the first order for
Boeing’s 702B series satellite, a medium-level power satellite with six to 12kW of on-board power.
The order is the first under Saft’s five-year long-term agreement with Boeing, announced last year.

The VES140 batteries will power four geostationary satellites for Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading
provider of fixed satellite services, that will offer C- and Ku-band capacity optimized to distribute
video, network and voice services from Asia and Africa to the Americas and Europe.

“Saft is pleased to begin filling the first order against this major contract with Boeing,” said Thomas
Alcide, General Manager of Saft’s Specialty Battery Group. “This is our second order from Boeing for
a Li-ion satellite using Saft VES140 cells, and we look forward to supporting additional programs
during the next five years.”

Saft designed the VES140 140 Ah Li-ion cells to offer a low-weight, on-board source of power for the
satellites’ critical systems. With up to 18 years of battery life, the rechargeable Li-ion cells will ensure
continuous, reliable operation of the satellites at times when the solar panels are in eclipse, which is
two 45-day periods per year in GEO orbit.

About Saft
Saft (Euronext: Saft) is a world specialist in the design and manufacture of high-tech batteries for industry. Saft
batteries are used in high performance applications, such as industrial infrastructure and processes,
transportation, space and defence. Saft is the world’s leading manufacturer of nickel batteries for industrial
applications and of primary lithium batteries for a wide range of end markets. The group is also the European
leader for specialised advanced technologies for the defence and space industries and world leader in lithium-
ion satellite batteries. Saft is also delivering its lithium-ion technology to the emerging applications of clean
vehicles and renewable energy storage. With approximately 4,000 employees worldwide, Saft is present in 18
countries. Its 15 manufacturing sites and extensive sales network enable the group to serve its customers
worldwide. Saft is listed in the SBF 120 index on the Paris Stock Market.
For more information, visit Saft at

Press Contacts:
Jill Ledger, Saft Corporate Communications and Institutional Relations Director
Tel.: +33 1 49 93 17 77, e-mail:
Wayne Pitt, Saft Specialty Battery Group, Marketing & Business Development Manager
Tel.: +33 1 49 93 18 65, e-mail:
Annie Sennet-Cassity, Saft America Inc., Director of Space Sales
Tel: 410-568-6439, e-mail:
U.S. Press contact: Paige Parker, French/West/Vaughan
Tel.: 919-277-1162, e-mail: