Huntsman Plans New Fertilizer Plant at its Site at Calais, France

Billingham, UK - The Pigments division of Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) today announced internal approval to proceed with the environmental analyses, government approvals and preliminary design work necessary to develop a capital cost estimate to build a new fertilizer manufacturing operation at the division’s titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments manufacturing plant site in Calais, France.

Following this preliminary work, if final project approval is received, the construction and operation of this new fertilizer plant would utilize 100% of the spent acid from pigment manufacturing operations at Calais and would thereby enable the permanent closure of the Calais Effluent Treat Plant (ETP). 

Scott Anderson, Huntsman Pigments’ Vice President for Manufacturing and Technology, said, “These actions, combined with other planned operational improvements, would significantly improve the cost base of the Calais Site, enabling the site to become one of the most competitive and robust pigment manufacturing operations in Europe.”

About Huntsman:

Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals.  Its operating companies manufacture products for a variety of global industries, including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, textiles, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care, detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging.  Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging and, later, for rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman today has 12,000 employees and operates from multiple locations worldwide.  The Company had 2008 revenues exceeding $10 billion.  For more information about Huntsman, please visit the company’s website at

About Huntsman Pigments:

Huntsman Pigments Division specialises in the manufacture and marketing of titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments that add brightness, whiteness and opacity to thousands of consumer products; from household decorative paints and industrial coatings on ocean liners, cars and steel-framed buildings, to computer housing, printing inks and sporting equipment. 

Huntsman’s Pigments business has been making TiO2 pigments for 75 years.  Its TIOXIDE® brand has an exceptional reputation for excellence and consistency, and is trusted and recognised world-wide.  The DELTIO™ brand, introduced in 2007, has earned a reputation for innovation in the world of titanium dioxide by enabling the free flow of pigment thus improving handling efficiency and reducing customers’ energy consumption.   In 2008, Huntsman’s project to manufacture DELTIO™ pigments won the Entec Medal, a prestigious Institute of Chemical Engineering (IChemE) award for excellence in safety and environment.

Huntsman Pigments Division is an international business employing around 2,000 people in facilities in seven countries with a combined total manufacturing capacity of approximately 560,000 tonnes of TiO2 pigment a year.

Forward Looking Statements:

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Jane Carter
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