Albemarle celebrates grand opening of new laboratory capabilities in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  Albemarle celebrates grand opening of new laboratory capabilities in Baton
                               Rouge, Louisiana

PR Newswire

BATON ROUGE, La., Nov. 16, 2012

BATON ROUGE, La., Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:
ALB) recently celebrated the grand opening of a new laboratory facility and
expanded applications capabilities at its Process Development Center (PDC) in
Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The new facility consists of a 5,400 square foot
state-of-the-art laboratory complex designed to support R&D efforts for
Albemarle's rapidly growing polyolefin catalyst portfolio.

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"Due to the increased demand for our catalyst technologies, we have invested
in expansions and enhanced capabilities at our world scale R&D facilities in
Baton Rouge," said Peggy Matherne, Global R&D Director for Albemarle's
Catalyst global business unit. "These new facilities, which will host eight
new chemical synthesis stations, will be instrumental in helping us achieve
our aggressive growth goals." The laboratory complex was intentionally
designed to accommodate future growth with minimal interruptions to ongoing
R&D activities.

In addition to the new facility, Albemarle also commemorated the successful
implementation of a new Parallel Polymerization Reactor (PPR) system at the
PDC. The new system will help Albemarle's R&D team in facilitating the
discovery, development and commercialization of polyolefin catalysts.

"The new PPR system will allow us to significantly accelerate the optimization
of new polyolefin catalysts," stated Edgar Steenwinkel, R&D Director for
Performance Catalyst Solutions. "As a result, we can expect a considerable
decrease in time-to-market for these innovative catalyst systems that are
tailored to meet the specific needs of our customers."

Two existing laboratories, the Polymer Lab and the High Throughput Lab were
also expanded as part of the PDC upgrades. The latter expansion was conducted
to accommodate the new PPR.

The PDC currently offers a unique combination of world-class capabilities
including laboratory synthesis and analysis, product development, pilot plant
and commercial scale-up and full-scale manufacturing. This combination allows
the PDC to rapidly foster products and technology from conceptualization
through commercialization.

About Albemarle's Performance Catalyst Solutions

Albemarle's Performance Catalyst Solutions division, a segment of its
Catalysts global business unit, delivers high performance catalyst solutions
through a finished catalyst product portfolio. The division is comprised of
three business units: Polymer Catalysts, Chemical Catalyst, and Electronic
Materials. Collectively, these businesses provide performance-based products
and services that are used in the plastics, industrial chemicals, and
electronics industries.

About Albemarle

Albemarle Corporation, headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a leading
global developer, manufacturer, and marketer of highly-engineered specialty
chemicals for consumer electronics, petroleum refining, utilities, packaging,
construction, automotive/transportation, pharmaceuticals, crop protection,
food-safety and custom chemistry services. The Company is committed to global
sustainability and is advancing its eco-practices and solutions in its three
business segments, Polymer Solutions, Catalysts and Fine Chemistry. Corporate
Responsibility Magazine selected Albemarle to its prestigious "100 Best
Corporate Citizens" list for 2010 and 2011. Albemarle employs approximately
4,000 people and serves customers in approximately 100 countries. Albemarle
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"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995: Statements in this press release regarding Albemarle Corporation's
business that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that
involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and
uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained
in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual
Report on Form 10-K.

SOURCE Albemarle Corporation

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