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Clean Up Begins at Huntsman’s Uerdingen Site after Authorities say No Asbestos Found in Air, Dust Samples

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2015
The Woodlands, Texas
NYSE: HUN

THE WOODLANDS, Texas - German authorities finished testing the debris from an incident at Huntsman’s Uerdingen, Germany site, and found all dust and air samples taken from the affected and non-affected areas to be free of asbestos, enabling clean-up to begin.

Dust samples taken from the work clothes of firefighters also did not contain asbestos.  Asbestos was present only in some damaged sections of building sheeting.

On Wednesday, Aug. 5, at approximately 2 p.m. CET, a nitrogen tank exploded at Huntsman’s white pigment factory in Uerdingen, Germany, injuring 19 people.  There were no fatalities.

All of the injured personnel have been released from hospital and are under the care of their own doctors.  Huntsman continues to provide assistance to the injured and their families.

The buildings on site have been certified as safe and no structural damage was found.  All of the roads around the site have been cleared and the removal of debris has begun.  The exact timing of the cleanup is still to be determined, but all areas except for those in the vicinity of the explosion site should be completed by mid-August.

Investigations into the cause of the incident continue with Huntsman cooperating with German authorities and the company conducting its own review.  Preliminary results are expected in the coming weeks.

The Uerdingen site, located 30 kilometers north of Dusseldorf, employs approximately 600 Huntsman associates and contractors. The site produces TiO2, copperas, iron oxide, and products used in the manufacturing of plastics, coatings, paper, laminate, catalysts and ceramics.

Huntsman acquired the Uerdingen site on Oct. 1, 2014, as part of its acquisition of the Performance Additives and Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) businesses of Rockwood Holdi ngs, Inc.

Further details will be shared as they become available.

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Aufräumarbeiten beginnen im Huntsman Werk Uerdingen, nachdem Behörden kein Asbest in Luft- und Bodenproben feststellen

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Die deutschen Behörden haben die Untersuchung der Trümmer des Vorfalls bei Huntsman Uerdingen abgeschlossen und festgestellt, dass alle Luft- und Staubproben die in den betroffenen, sowie nicht direkt betroffenen, Bereichen genommen wurden, frei von Asbest sind, was den Beginn der Aufräumarbeiten ermöglicht.

Staubproben von den Anzügen der Feuerwehrleute enthielten ebenfalls kein Asbest. Asbest konnte lediglich in einigen beschädigten Teilen der Gebäudeverkleidung gefunden werden.

Am Mittwoch, 5. August gegen 14 Uhr MEZ, ist ein Stickstofftank in der Weißpigmentfabrik von Huntsman in Uerdingen geplatzt. Es gab 19 verletzte aber keine Todesfälle.

Alle verletzten Mitarbeiter wurden mittlerweile aus dem Krankenhaus entlassen und befinden sich in Betreuung ihrer Hausärzte. Huntsman unterstützt die Verletzten und ihre Familien weiterhin.

Die Gebäude der Anlage wurden als sicher eingestuft und es wurden keine strukturellen Schäden festgestellt. Der genaue Zeitplan der Aufräumarbeiten ist noch festzulegen, sollte aber für alle Bereiche außer dem unmittelbaren Umfeld der Explosion Mitte August abgeschlossen sein.

Ermittlungen zur Ursache des Vorfalls dauern an, wobei Huntsman sowohl mit den Behörden kooperiert, als auch ihre eigenen Untersuchungen anstellt. Erste Ergebnisse sind in den nächsten Wochen zu erwarten.

Das Uerdingen Werk liegt etwa 30km nördlich von Düsseldorf und beschäftigt etwa 600 Mitarbeiter von Huntsman. Die An lage produziert TiO2, Eisenoxide, Eisenvitriol sowie Produkte zur Herstellung von Kunststoffen, Farben, Papier, Laminaten, Katalysatoren und Keramiken.

Huntsman hat das Uerdingen Werk am 1. Oktober 2014 als Teil der Akquisition der Geschäftsbereiche  Performance Additives and Titanium Dioxide von Rockwood Holdings Inc., übernommen.

Weitere Details werden mitgeteilt, sowie sie verfügbar sind.
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Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals with 2014 revenues of approximately $13 billion including the acquisition of Rockwood’s performance additives and titanium dioxide businesses. Our chemical products number in the thousands and are sold worldwide to manufacturers serving a broad and diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets.  We operate more than 100 manufacturing and R&D facilities in more than 30 countries and employ approximately 16,000 associates within our 5 distinct business divisions.  For more information about Huntsman, please visit the company's website at www.huntsman.com.

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