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Akzo Nobel NV: AkzoNobel opens new highly energy efficient membrane electrolysis plant in the industrial heart of Germany

AkzoNobel today inaugurated its new, highly efficient chlorine membrane
electrolysis plant in the Rhein-Main area, Germany. The Frankfurt-based,
state-of-the-art plant is the result of a major conversion and expansion
project begun in 2011 and involving a €140 million investment by the company.
Capacity has been increased by 50 percent whilst at the same time reducing
the plant's overall ecological footprint by some 20 percent.
"This investment in our Specialty Chemicals business highlights the steps we
are taking to strengthen our market positions and further improve our
performance as a company," said AkzoNobel CEO Ton Büchner. "We are constantly
looking for new and innovative ways to improve our operational efficiency,
drive our sustainability agenda and improve our service to customers."

Added Werner Fuhrmann, the company's Executive Committee member responsible
for Specialty Chemicals: "This plant produces building blocks for the
manufacture of products we all use on a daily basis ranging from
pharmaceuticals and tooth paste to door and window frames. By radically
improving our efficiency and increasing our use of renewable energy, we can
take significant steps in making these everyday essentials even more

To mark the inauguration, a special event is being held today for employees,
customers and other business partners. It will be attended by both Ton
Büchner and Werner Fuhrmann, as well as Tarek Al-Wazir, Minister for Economy,
Energy, Transport and Regional Development for the federal state of Hessen
who stated: "The new chlorine production facility of AkzoNobel Industrial
Chemicals is a good example that economy and ecology are compatible; and it
is a strong signal for the strengthening of the chemical cluster Hessen."

The facility has been converted to the latest generation membrane technology.
Radical efficiency improvements will reduce energy consumption by 30 percent
per ton of product. Boosting chlorine production capacity up to 250 kilotons
per year will also reinforce the company's leading positions in Europe's
chlor-alkali markets.

Work at Frankfurt started in 2011, with commercial production from the new
plant expected to come on stream in the next few weeks. The site is one of
three chlorine plants operated by AkzoNobel in Germany, the other two being
located in Bitterfeld and Ibbenbüren.

Products from the salt-chlorine chain, including chlorine, caustic lye, and
derivatives including MCA and chloromethanes, are essential basic chemicals
and are used in countless everyday products and processes, ranging from water
disinfection to clothing, amongst other things in the manufacture of epoxies,
polyurethanes, polycarbonates, PVC and titanium dioxide. They are also used
in the manufacture of more than two thirds of all pharmaceuticals.

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AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer
of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with
innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers
for our customers. Our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux,
Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,
we are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of
sustainability. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 50,000 people
around the world are committed to delivering leading products and
technologies to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing world.

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