Solvay S.A. : Solvay increases global derivatized guar production

      Solvay S.A. : Solvay increases global derivatized guar production

 Brussels, February 11, 2013 --- Solvay announced that it has finalized
plans to increase its  global derivatized guar production  by 40 percent  with 
the completion of recent expansions in the USA and China. Derivatized guar  is 
a polymer produced  froma bean grown  mainly in India.  Its inherent  natural 
properties make it an ideal bio-based solution for applications in the oil and
gas industry  as a  gelling  agent, in  hair care  as  a conditioner,  and  in 
agrochemicals as an anti-drift formulation.

"These expansions represent a  significant step in the  execution of our  2016 
growth ambition,"  Solvay Novecare  President Emmanuel  Butstraen said.  "They 
enhance our  leadership position  and will  support the  growth plans  of  our 
customers and their innovation needs."

The expanded Vernon, Texas USA  derivatized guar facility will serve  Solvay's 
customers in the  dynamic North  American oil  and gas  market. The  increased 
capacity at Solvay's Zhangjiagang, (Jiangsu province) China site will help its
home and personal  care customers  meet growing regional  demand for  high-end 
hair care products. With a third facility in Melle, France, Solvay is the only
guar supplier with production capabilities in North America, Europe and Asia.

In addition, Novecare's  leadership in processing  technologies give it  added 
flexibility to  meet  its  customers' individual  product  development  needs. 
Solvay also enjoys a  50-year joint venture  partnership with an  Indian-based 
leader in guar gum and guar extracts, helping secure its raw material supply.

"With our expansion investments, global  footprint and security of supply,  we 
are uniquely  positioned to  be  the preferred  provider for  our  customers," 
Butstraen added.

Novecare, one of Solvay's major Global  Business Units generated net sales  of 
approximately €1.6  billion in  2011  and is  a  global leader  in  developing 
surfactant,   solvent   and   specialty   polymer   solutions.   Serving   the 
agrochemicals, coatings, home and personal  care, industrial, and oil and  gas 
markets, Novecare's technology  platforms are  built on  leading positions  in 
surfactants, amines, phosphorus derivatives, natural & synthetic polymers  and 
monomers, and eco-friendly solvents.

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).

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