Solvay S.A. : A new Solvay organization geared towards sustainable, value-creative growth

     Solvay S.A. : A new Solvay organization geared towards sustainable,
                            value-creative growth

Brussels, January 16^th, 2013 --- Solvay today presented the new structure for
its business  activities and  leadership team.  The Group  has redesigned  its 
organization, with a far-reaching review  of business processes and  corporate 
functions, and  a  focus  on simplifying  and  decentralizing  its  management 
structure. Thanks  to these  changes, Solvay  is more  agile and  in a  better 
position  to  seize  growth  opportunities,  whilst  keeping  customer  focus, 
operational excellence,  corporate social  responsibility, and  innovation  in 
sustainable chemistry, at the top of its priorities.

"Today's Solvay is  the result  of the  successful integration  of Solvay  and 
Rhodia and an  extensive transformation. Few  groups would have  been able  to 
bring about such major  changes in such  a short period  of time. Through  the 
mobilization of our teams, we have managed to convert the two former companies
into one of the ten largest  chemical companies worldwide. Our new  signature, 
Asking more  from chemistry,  is  more than  a pledge;  it's  a vision  and  a 
challenge to  which  we  are fully  committed,"  said  Jean-Pierre  Clamadieu, 
Chairman of Solvay's Executive Committee.

Five Operating Segments showcasing Solvay's areas of expertise

Showcasing Solvay's areas of expertise, the new business organisation has five
Operating Segments.  The Operating  Segments  reflect the  different  business 
models most adequate to the diverse business drivers and competitive  dynamics 
across the  Group's  portfolio, ensuring  focus  on the  critical  levers  for 
success.

The Operating Segments and their comprising Global Business Units (GBU) are at
the heart  of  the  Group's  growth and  value  creation  ambition.  They  are 
committed to delivering growth, profits and  cash generation in the short  and 
mid-term. Reflecting  the  entrepreneurial  spirit  embedded  within  Solvay's 
culture, the GBUs  focus on customers  and markets, and  are endowed with  the 
relevant operational levers to execute their strategic roadmaps.

Effective as from  January 1^st,  2013, Solvay's business  organisation is  as 
follows:

-    Consumer Chemicals serves the consumer products markets. Its strategy
is based on  the development  of a sustainable  offering suited  to the  major 
market  mega  trends  of  demographic  growth,  emerging  markets'  increasing 
purchase power, the appearance  of new modes of  consumption and a demand  for 
safer, more sustainable and bio-based solutions.

-      Advanced Materials focuses  on ultra-high performance  applications 
addressing  the  needs   of  industries  such   as  advanced   transportation, 
healthcare, energy efficient tires, automotive emission control, smart devices
or hybrid vehicles batteries.

-      Performance  Chemicals operates in  specific, highly resilient  and 
mature markets whose key success factors are principally, economies of  scale, 
competitiveness, and quality of service.

-      Functional Polymers  brings together  the Chloro-Vinyls  chain  and 
Polyamide activities  of  the  Group  to serve  mainly  the  construction  and 
infrastructure, automotive and electrical/electronics industries.

-    Corporate Business  and Services includes the Solvay Energy  Services 
GBU as well as all the Corporate Functions, including Solvay Business Services
and the Research & Innovation Center.

The Executive Committee, a collegial body to support business and growth

Acting as a  collegial body, the  Executive Committee is  responsible for  the 
Group's vision, setting  mid and  long-term strategy,  monitoring delivery  of 
results  and  optimizing   resource  allocation  across   businesses.  It   is 
collectively responsible for overall value  creation and for the  preservation 
of the Group's global interests.

The Executive  Committee includes  six members:  Jean-Pierre Clamadieu  (CEO), 
Bernard de Laguiche (CFO), Gilles Auffret, Vincent De Cuyper, Roger Kearns and
Jacques van  Rijckevorsel.  Each member  of  the Executive  Committee  closely 
supervises dedicated Operating Segments and Corporate Functions.

The Group financial communication will follow this new organization  structure 
in five Operating Segments as from January 1st 2013.

SOLVAY is an international chemical Group committed to sustainable development
with a clear focus on innovation and operational excellence. It is realizing
over 90% of its sales in markets where it is among the top 3 global leaders.
Solvay offers a broad range of products that contribute to improving the
quality of life and the performance of its customers in markets such as
consumer goods, construction, automotive, energy, water and environment, and
electronics. The Group is headquartered in Brussels, employs about 31,000
people in 55 countries and generated EUR 12.7 billion in net sales in 2011
(pro forma). Solvay SA (SOLB.BE) is listed on NYSE Euronext in Brussels and
Paris (Bloomberg: SOLB.BB - Reuters: SOLBt.BR).

For further details, please contact:

Lamia Narcisse    Erik De Leye    Maria Alcon-Hidalgo Patrick Verelst
Media Relations   Media Relations Investor Relations  Investor Relations
+33 1 53 56 59 62 +32 2 264 1530  +32 2 264 1984      +32 2 264 1540

                                      

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