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West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. Announces Dividend Increase

LIONVILLE, Pa., Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (NYSE: WST) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a dividend of $.18 per share for the fourth quarter of 2000 payable November 1, 2000 to shareholders of record on October 18, 2000. This represents an increase of 5.9%, or $.01 per share, in the quarterly dividend payment.

West Pharmaceutical Services applies value-added technologies to the process of bringing new drug therapies and healthcare products to global markets. West's technologies include the design and manufacture of packaging components for pharmaceutical, healthcare and consumer products; research and development of drug delivery systems; contract laboratory services; clinical services; and other services that support the manufacturing, filling and packaging of pharmaceutical and healthcare products. For more information, visit the West Pharmaceutical Services website at http://www.westpharma.com. SOURCE West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.

CONTACT: Stephen M. Heurnarm, Vice President and Treasurer of West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., 610-594-3346; Theresa Schillero, 212-850-5600, Sarah Torres, 212-850-5600, or Stacey Nield, press contact, 212-850-5600, all of Morgen-Walke Associates, for West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc./