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www.clariant.com Clariant Corporation 4000 Monroe Road Charlotte, NC 28205

February 11, 2009

News Release

Clariant and XL Performance Chemicals embark on defoamer strategic alliance

CHARLOTTE, N.C., February 11, 2009 - Clariant's Functional Chemicals Division and Dalton, Ga.-based XL Performance Chemicals have embarked on a strategic alliance to comprehensively serve the $2.3 billion worldwide foamcontrol market with products for a diverse array of key end-use markets. The alliance combines Clariant's extensive network of sales, technical service and support with XL Performance Chemicals' proven know-how and technology for producing and marketing nearly 200 different foam-control products. In the initial phase of the alliance, Clariant will be the exclusive distributor throughout North America of a broad range of proprietary XL-manufactured foamcontrol products for metal working, paints and coatings, mining, oil services, crop protection and select construction applications. XL will directly service market segments not covered by the alliance. Production will be focused initially at XL's manufacturing facility in Greenville, S.C., with the opportunity to take on manufacturing at Clariant facilities as sales and market penetration develop. The products will be marketed under XL's D-Foam-RTM product name. "This exclusive arrangement allows us to build upon many years of collective defoamer experience that XL offers and to couple it with Clariant's worldwide sales, manufacturing, and research and development capability," says Clariant's North American Functional Chemicals Division head Hugh Fowler. "Initially we are marketing the top 20 percent of the XL product line, known to be proven `workhorses' in their various categories. We also will be combining our R&D skills

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to develop next-generation foam-control products to provide our customers even better technical solutions." "Clariant already offers its customers a broad range of highly effective products for use in making paints and coatings, in metal working, mining and oil servces, and in construction and crop protection," says XL Performance Chemicals General Manager Roman Radekevich. "The addition of our foam-control products will give these customers ­ and future ones - an even more comprehensive package to meet their needs." Foam Control products, defoamers and anti-foam agents, are designed to eliminate or manage trapped air, bubbles and the resulting foam that can cause a variety of manufacturing, process and, product performance problems including:

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Reduced pump efficiency (cavitation) Reduced storage tank capacity Increased potential for bacteria growth Increased potential for dirt flotation and deposit formation Reduced effectiveness of fluids and/or increased replenishment cost Added mechanical downtime for tank cleaning Increased drainage problems in sieves and filters Increased product non-uniformity and product rejections

XL Performance Chemicals foam-control products are used in numerous industrial and food grade applications and offer state-of-the art technology. XL provides products that are designed for persistent control (anti-foam) and immediate (defoamer) formulations and are available in variety of formulas and compositions for aqueous and non-aqueous systems. #####

About Clariant Clariant is a global leader in the field of specialty chemicals. Strong business relationships, commitment to outstanding service and wide-ranging application know-how make Clariant a preferred partner for its customers. Clariant, which is represented on five continents with more than 100 group companies, employs around 21,000 people. Headquartered in Muttenz near Basel, Switzerland, it generated sales of CHF 8.5 billion in 2007. Clariant's businesses are organized in four divisions: Textile, Leather & Paper Chemicals; Pigments & Additives; Masterbatches; and Functional Chemicals. Clariant is committed to sustainable growth springing from its own innovative strength. Clariant's innovative products play a key role in its customers' manufacturing and treatment processes or else add value to their end products. The company's success is based on the know-how of its people and their ability

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to identify new customer needs at an early stage and to work together with customers to develop innovative, efficient solutions. About Clariant Functional Chemicals With a portfolio based on surfactants, glyoxal derivatives, polymers and other specialties, Clariant's Functional Chemicals Division delivers a broad range of high-performance products and services to a diverse range of industries including; agro chemicals, automotive, aviation, coatings, home and personal care, pharmaceuticals and plastics. With a dedicated organization Clariant combines market-leading chemical expertise with tailor-made service to meet the needs of the oil, gas and mining industries.

About XL Performance Chemicals

XL Performance Chemicals, a division of Fibro Chem, LLC, is a leading manufacturer and supplier of defoamers, antifoams, silicone fluids & emulsions, esters and surfactants into a variety of markets. XL is based on innovative technology coupled with efficient manufacturing and excellent service. Comprised of industry leading professionals, XL provides our customers with many years of experience and innovative product offerings. XL Performance Chemicals and Fibro Chem are founded on the principles of providing our customers with the highest quality products and services which consistently meet or exceed their expectations. We are committed to excellence and conduct our business in the highest ethical standards. Our technically trained sales personnel will work with our customers to recommend the product that best fits your specific needs. Our experienced technical staff has developed a line of products that offer performance solutions in a wide variety of industries, as well as, formulating new products to meet specific customer requirements. XL offers product testing and evaluation to aid our customers in selecting the product that best fits their performance solutions.

www.clariant.com Contact: Connie Knight, Director ­ Communications & Public Affairs (North America) Telephone: 704-331-7114 Fax: 704-331-7112 Mobile: 704-351-5150 [email protected] Elke Alt, Divisional Communications Officer, Functional Chemicals Telephone: + 41 61 469 7703 Fax: + 41 61 469 7583 [email protected] Roman Radekevich, General Manager, XL Performance Chemicals Telephone;864-238-9294 [email protected]

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