Solvay S.A. : Solvay to build a new silica plant in Poland

          Solvay S.A. : Solvay to build a new silica plant in Poland

Brussels, February 13^th, 2013 --- Solvay  today announced it will invest  €75 
million to build  a new 85,000  ton per year  Highly Dispersible Silica  (HDS) 
plant in Wloclawek, Poland. Combined with a further capacity expansion at  its 
site in Qingdao (China), these  two investments will increase Solvay's  global 
highly dispersible silica production capacity by an additional 30%.

Located in  central Poland,  close  to key  energy  distribution and  the  new 
Warsaw-Gdansk highway,  the  new  plant  will  offer  logistical  benefits  to 
customers in  Eastern Europe  and Russia.  The site  is a  designated  Special 
Economic Zone  (SEZ)  integrated  within  the  industrial  site  of  Anwil,  a 
subsidiary of the Polish refining and energy company PKN Orlen. The completion
is expected in the third quarter of 2014.

"We are committed to support our customers' growth in Eastern Europe,  Russia, 
and around the world.  This new site will  offer our most innovative  products 
from a very reliable and competitive platform. We continue to be committed  to 
invest ahead of industry development to preserve our technological and  market 
leadership," says Tom Benner, President of Solvay Silica.

Among other HDS  products, the  new plant  will produce  Zeosil® Premium,  the 
latest generation of highly dispersible silica, used by tire manufacturers  in 
the  production  of  energy-saving  tires.  Zeosil®  Premium  is  a   uniquely 
engineered patented HDS which  decreases fuel consumption by  up to 7%,  while 
enhancing other tire performance properties.

"We are seeing a strong demand  for further Silica innovation to improve  tire 
performance. Tire  labelling regulation  has led  to a  four-fold increase  in 
Zeosil^® Premium adoption  over the pastyear  and we expect  a strong  growth 
trend to continue", Benner adds.

Solvay will also add  production capacity to its  Qingdao plant (China)  which 
started-up in  2010. This  expansion  is already  underway and  scheduled  for 
completion by the end  of 2013. It  will elevate the capacity  of the site  to 
112,000 tons per year.

These investments follow volume  expansions in France  (2012), the US  (2011), 
and a  new  plant in  Qingdao,  China  (2010).Upon the  completion  of  these 
projects,  Solvay'sworldwide  highly  dispersible  silica  annual  production 
capacity will stand close to 500,000 tons, doubling from pre-2010 levels.

SOLVAY SILICA, a global business unit of the Solvay group, is the inventor and
leading global provider  of highly  dispersible silica, which  finds its  main 
application in the production of energy-saving tires. Silica is also used in a
wide range of other key markets such as industrial applications, personal care
and nutrition.

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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