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LAB MARKET REPORT

BY COLIN A. HOUSTON & ASSOCIATES, INC. Suppliers and customers in the detergent alkylate market need up-to-date market information and analysis to support successful business strategies, and Colin A. Houston & Associates (CAHA) has developed a new product to meet this need. The LAB MARKET REPORT AND DATABASE will be available to subscribers on an Internet website accessible via password. The LAB MARKET REPORT is designed to bring together in one concise publication all the news of interest to LAB market participants. Publication began every other month from January 2001. It offers current information on the entire LAB value chain from raw materials to detergents and other end uses. Each issue includes: C C C C C LAB and normal paraffin prices by region, and announcements of price changes Market news, including the latest developments involving producers, sulfonators, feedstocks, technology, formulations, environmental issues, and end markets LAB and normal paraffin capacity updates Feature articles offering in-depth coverage of significant issues and developments LAB market analysis providing up-to-date supply and demand data and a perspective on developments for one region in each issue.

CAHA is a recognized authority on detergent alkylates, having provided market research and consulting in this area for over 20 years. CAHA has published numerous multiclient studies of the global detergent alkylate market, and many regional surfactant studies, in addition to its proprietary work in surfactant intermediates, surfactants and detergents. CAHA's most recent multiclient study, Detergent Alkylates - World Markets, 2006 to 2015, was published in November 2007. The LAB MARKET REPORT relies on CAHA's worldwide network of contacts among LAB market participants, and thus will include news and insights that are not available from trade publications and other sources. The DATABASE consists LAB producers their capacities and expansion plans, process technology and feedstocks used. The LAB MARKET REPORT AND DATABASE was developed in response to the need of our clients for information and analysis on a timely basis and at a reasonable cost. An annual subscription including six issues and access to the Internet database is priced at $6,800. Details of this report and database are explained on the following pages.

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The report is structured as follows:

Prices

C C C LAB prices in North America, West Europe and Asia are reported in each issue n-P