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Emerson Wins Contract to Automate India's Largest Life Sciences Plant

February 062006
AUSTIN, TEXAS (February 6, 2006) – Emerson Process Management announced today that it had won a major contract from Reliance Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd. to supply PlantWeb® digital automation architecture and solution services to their new biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility in India. Reliance Life Sciences is a member of the Reliance Group of Companies, India’s largest private sector enterprise.

The new facility is the largest automation project to date in the life sciences industry in India. Reliance Life Sciences officials selected Emerson for its reputation and experience in the field of life sciences. The new facility of Reliance Life Sciences will use microbial and mammalian cell culture process to manufacture therapeutic proteins.

Emerson will provide engineering design, digital automation, process management, validation, and commissioning for the project. The company will install its PlantWeb digital plant architecture, which has an extensive track record of lowering installation costs, ensuring a fast startup, and improving ongoing plant operations and maintenance.

Emerson’s PlantWeb digital plant architecture will use FOUNDATION™ fieldbus communications technology to connect the company’s DeltaV™ digital automation system to smart field devices. The resulting network of digital intelligence will extend throughout Reliance Life Sciences’ new plant, enabling project savings and operational excellence. Intelligent field devices from Emerson will include Rosemount® pressure, temperature, level and flow transmitters, as well as Rosemount Analytical pH and dissolved oxygen sensors and transmitters, Micro Motion® Coriolis flow and density meters, and Brooks® flowmeters.

Reliance has adopted a fast track OEM construction approach for Life Sciences plants, and has chosen Emerson as a main supplier for the initiative. Supporting the OEM approach, Emerson will design and project manage skid vendors as they build modular “skids.” Emerson will employ its modular automation approach that enables fast startup by quickly linking skids for effective communications when installed. The fast and effective skid link-up results from building skids using the company’s intelligent digital technology, including PlantWeb architecture with FOUNDATION fieldbus communications and the DeltaV system.

The OEM approach adopted by Reliance has been to create standard plant modules, complete with documents and drawings, based on known pre-tested process cells. These are produced in parallel, and then all skids are integrated at the site to ensure automation consistency across the manufacturing floor, and provide a consolidated validation according to Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) procedure.

“We are happy to be associated with Emerson Process Management since it has proven capabilities in managing advanced digital automation architectures with cGMP norms,” said K V Subramaniam, Head of Reliance Life Sciences.

“Reliance’s new plant is the first fully automated life sciences plant in India,” said Pradipta Sen, president of Emerson India. “We are pleased that Emerson’s advanced PlantWeb technology will be a part of this groundbreaking project, which would advance the modernization and growth of the life sciences sector in India,” he added.

About Reliance Life Sciences
Reliance Life Sciences (RLS) was incorporated in January 2001, and is a new millennium initiative of the Reliance Group. RLS is developing business opportunities in the domains of medical biotechnology, plant biotechnology, industrial biotechnology, contract research, clinical research and contract manufacturing. For more information, visit www.relbio.com.

Reliance Group is the largest private sector enterprise in India, participating in businesses in the energy and materials value chain, with group revenues of USD 20 billion. The flagship company, Reliance Industries Limited, is a Fortune Global 500 company.

About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management (www.EmersonProcess.com), an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Its brands include PlantWeb®, Fisher®, Micro Motion®, Rosemount®, Mobrey®, Daniel®, DeltaV™, Ovation®, and AMS™ Suite.

About Emerson
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2005 were $17.3 billion. For more information, visit www.GoToEmerson.com.
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