BASEL, Switzerland, July 25, 2007 - Huntsman Corporation today announced that its Textiles Effects business has signed an agreement to acquire DuPont's global fluorochemical business for the nonwovens industry. The DuPont(TM) Zonyl(R) fluorochemical product line is used on nonwovens as effective repellents for water, alcohol and oil based fluids. Nonwoven textiles are primarily used in medical, filtration, automotive and construction applications.
Following a brief transition period to ensure a smooth handover and uninterrupted supply, Huntsman will assume responsibility for all future activities related to the business. The transaction with DuPont includes a long-term supply agreement for finished products and intermediates, but does not include the transfer of DuPont employees or the sale of DuPont manufacturing assets. The parties also entered into a joint development agreement to bring new innovations to the nonwovens marketplace.
"We are delighted with this transaction, as we believe that DuPont's technology and product stewardship, with its focus on sustainability, will significantly enhance our product offering in the technical textile market, which is strategically important for our Textile Effects business," said Paul Hulme, President of Huntsman's Materials and Effects division. "The addition of this product line will further strengthen our ability to provide innovative products and complementary effects in the nonwovens segment."
Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
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 packagi
ng and, later, for rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman today has 14,000 employees and over 75 operations in 24 countries. The Company had 2006 revenues from all operations of over $13 billion.
DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.
Statements in this release that are not historical are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current beliefs and expectations. The forward-looking statements in this release are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances and involve risks and uncertainties that may affect the company's operations, markets, products, services, prices and other factors as discussed in the Huntsman companies' filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Significant risks and uncertainties may relate to, but are not limited to, financial, economic, competitive, environmental, political, legal, regulatory and technological factors. In addition, the completion of any transactions described in this release is subject to a number of uncertainties and to negotiation and execution of definitive agreements among the parties and closing will be subject to approvals and other customary conditions. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that such transactions will be completed or that the company's expectations will be realized. The company assumes no obligation to provide revisions to any forward-looking statements should circumstances change, except as otherwise required by applicable laws.
Guy Wolff, for Huntsman Corporation, +41-61-966-4146, Cell, +41-79-593-9186