Nalco Named Preferred Paper Industry Supplier for Third Consecutive Year

  Nalco Named Preferred Paper Industry Supplier for Third Consecutive Year

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- January 18, 2013

For the third consecutive year, Nalco, an Ecolab company, was selected as a
preferred supplier for the paper industry by readers of Pulp & Paper
International (PPI) magazine, a leading industry trade publication.

Pulp, paper and paperboard manufacturers around the world named Nalco as the
supplier they most anticipated buying from in the next 12 months across four
categories of chemical programs in PPI’s 2012 Brand Awareness and Preference
Study. Respondents also preferred Nalco to treat mill boiler, steam and
cooling systems, and named the company the most preferred supplier of biocides
and retention and drainage aids used in the wet-end of the papermaking
process.

“This recognition reinforces the value Nalco’s innovative technologies and
services bring to the paper industry and serves as a great testament to the
commitment and leadership of the Nalco brand in the global market,” said Tim
Mulhere, Ecolab executive vice president and president, Global WPS.

The Brand Awareness and Preference Study is an annual survey conducted by PPI
publisher RISI. RISI is an information provider for the global forest products
industry, including the pulp and paper, wood products, timber, biomass,
tissue, nonwovens, printing and publishing industries.

About Ecolab
With 2011 pro forma sales of $11 billion and more than 40,000 employees,
Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy
technologies and services that provide and protect clean water, safe food,
abundant energy and healthy environments. Ecolab delivers comprehensive
programs and services tothe food, energy, healthcare, industrial and
hospitality markets in more than 160 countries.

Nalco, an Ecolab company, specializes in industrial water, energy and air
applications, helping customers reduce natural resource consumption, enhance
air quality, minimize environmental releases and improve productivity.

For more news and information, visit www.ecolab.com.

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Contact:

Ecolab Inc.
Roman Blahoski, 651-293-4385
MediaRelations@Ecolab.com