NEWS
15 May 08
Huntsman to acquire majority stake in PUR-Systems

EVERBERG, BELGIUM: Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) today announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire a 70 percent majority shareholding in PUR-Systems GmbH & Co. KG, the German polyurethanes company. PUR-Systems will continue to operate under its existing name and will manufacture and sell products in the wider European market. The financial terms were not disclosed but PUR-Systems has an annual turnover of about € 50 million.

Nick Webster, Vice President of Huntsman’s Polyurethanes division in Europe said that “We are delighted that we will have PUR-Systems as our partner as they are well known for their excellent and committed team, modern and very well equipped facilities and highly flexible distribution and logistics.”

“This proposed venture with Huntsman, one of the world’s major polyurethanes manufacturers with excellent technology and marketing capabilities, will enable PUR-Systems to further accelerate its rapid growth” said Dipl. Ing. Christian Duve, Founder and Managing Director of PUR-Systems.

PUR-Systems will continue to be based at the existing site in Georgsmarienhütte near Osnabrück.

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 13,000 employees and operates from multiple locations worldwide. The Company had 2007 revenues of approximately $10 billion. For more information about Huntsman, please visit the company's website at www.huntsman.com.

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