Solvay S.A. : Solvay to reinforce its global leadership in soda ash

     Solvay S.A. : Solvay to reinforce its global leadership in soda ash

  Productivity actions and capacity adjustments to yield €100 mln/yr in cost

    Brussels, June 6^th, 2013 --- Solvay announces today that it plans to
     reinforce its position as a world leader in soda ash and improve the
activity's long-term profitability by reducing its 2012 European cost base by
    €100 million per year as of 2016. Solvay will focus on a breakthrough
 competitiveness improvement of its key synthetic soda ash plants in Europe,
     while expanding its trona mining-based operations in North America.

As announced at the  end of last  year, Solvay has been  working on an  action 
plan to  address different  regional market  dynamics for  soda ash,  a  white 
mineral product used in applications  like glass and detergents. While  demand 
worldwide has been  growing at  global GDP rates,  demand in  Europe has  been 
suffering from the economic downturn which has caused structural overcapacity.

"We are  determined to  strengthen our  cost-leadership as  the  best-in-class 
producer of both synthetic and natural soda ash," said Pascal Juéry, President
of Solvay  Essential Chemicals.  "Our ambitious  three-year action  plan  will 
enable the Group  to rise up  to the challenges  and adapt to  changes in  the 
competitive landscape while ensuring our profitability for the long term."

In North America, with limited investments, Solvay is gradually expanding  its 
production capacity by about 12%, at  Green River, Wyoming, where it  operates 
best-in-class trona-mining industrial assets.

In Europe, Solvay will  run an in-depth transformation  program at its 6  main 
soda ash plants*. The breakthrough improvement in the production of  synthetic 
soda ash will strengthen its position  as the region's cost leader. The  Group 
will build  on  its unique  know-how  and technical  capabilities  to  deliver 
substantial  savings  in  all  fields,  including  raw  material  and   energy 
efficiencies and  maintenance  excellence  of its  plants,  combined  with  an 
organizational redesign.

More specifically,Solvay  plans  toaddress structural  overcapacity  in  the 
Mediterranean basin  byclosing  its soda  ash  unit in  Povoa,  Portugal,  by 
January 2014. Furthermore, in Rosignano, Italy, the Group will run  production 
capacity according to market needs  on top of making significant  productivity 
improvements. Solvay will also use more efficiently the full potential of  its 
world-class synthetic plants in Torrelavega, Spain and in Devnya, Bulgaria  to 
enhance its competitiveness both in Europe and export markets.

These European restructuring measures will  affect about 450 job positions  by 
2016, including  Povoa. Solvay  will do  its utmost  to alleviate  the  social 
impact by prioritising relocations, allowed  by the significant number of  job 
openings at its European sites.

These measures  will improve  Solvay's soda  ash European  cost base  by  €100 
million  per  year  as  of  2016  against  2012  levels  and  start  enhancing 
profitability as of 2014. The Group will be able to better serve its local and
global clients thanks to an optimal production network in Europe.

*Bernburg and Rheinberg in  Germany, Devnya in  Bulgaria, Dombasle in  France, 
Rosignano in Italy and Torrelavega in Spain.

As an international chemical  group,SOLVAYassists industries in finding  and 
implementing ever more responsible and value-creating solutions. The Group  is 
firmly committed  to sustainable  development and  focused on  innovation  and 
operational excellence. Solvay serves  diversified markets, generating 90%  of 
its turnover in  activities where it  is one of  the top three  worldwide.The 
group  is  headquartered  in  Brussels,  employs  about29,000  people  in  55 
countries and generated  12.4 billioneuros in  net sales in  2012. Solvay  SA 
SOLB.BE) is listed onNYSE Euronextin Brussels and Paris (Bloomberg:  SOLB.BB 
- Reuters: SOLBt.BR).

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