Ecolab to Acquire Purate Business from AkzoNobel

  Ecolab to Acquire Purate Business from AkzoNobel

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- April 24, 2013

Ecolab Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire AkzoNobel’s Purate^® business,
which specializes in global antimicrobial water treatment technology. With
2012 revenue of approximately $23 million, the Purate business provides
patented, proprietary chlorine dioxide programs for use in a wide array of
water treatment applications. Completion of the transaction is subject to
customary regulatory clearances and other standard closing conditions.

“Chlorine dioxide is recognized as an excellent antimicrobial agent to control
biologic growth primarily in cooling towers and a wide variety of other
industrial water treatment applications,” said Timothy Mulhere, Ecolab
executive vice president and president, Global Water and Process Services.
“Purate’s patented technologies complement our offerings globally, including
our 3D TRASAR^® technology programs, which help address our customers’ needs
for clean water within industrial manufacturing and lower total cost of

3D TRASAR technology combines chemistry, remote services and sophisticated
monitoring and controls to improve a range of industrial operations to help
customers reduce water use, improve energy efficiency and lower total cost of
operations. 3D TRASAR cooling water technology has been recognized with a
United States Presidential Green Chemistry Award. To learn more about 3D
TRASAR technology, visit

About Ecolab

A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is
the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that
protect people and vital resources. With 2012 sales of $12 billion and 41,000
associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to
promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use
and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare,
energy, hospitality, commercial laundry and industrial markets in more than
170 countries around the world.

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