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European Commission Approves Sale of Rockwood’s Titanium Dioxide and Four Other Non-Core Businesses to Huntsman

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Rockwood Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ROC) today announced that the European Commission has approved the previously announced sale of its Titanium Dioxide Pigments and four other non-strategic businesses to Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) , a global specialty chemical company, for an enterprise value of $1.275 billion, including the assumption of $225 million in pension obligations.

The European Commission’s conditional approval follows Huntsman entering into an agreement to sell its TR52 ink grade business to Henan Billions Chemicals Co., Ltd. The transaction with Henan is expected to close shortly after the European Commission’s approval of the buyer.

The Rockwood businesses being sold include Titanium Dioxide Pigments, Color Pigments & Services, Timber Treatment Chemicals, Rubber/Thermoplastics Compounding, and Water Chemistry. This transaction is expected to close in late September or early October.

Rockwood Holdings, Inc. based in Princeton, N.J., is a leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of technologically advanced and high value-added specialty chemicals. It is a leading integrated and low-cost global producer of lithium and lithium compounds used in lithium-ion batteries for electronic devices, alternative transportation vehicles and future energy storage technologies, meeting the significant growth in global demand for these products. The company is also the second-largest global producer of products and services for metal processing, servicing the aerospace, general and luxury automotive industries.

For more information on Rockwood, please visit www.rocksp.com.

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