THE WOODLANDS, TX - Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) announced today that it will increase prices globally for its MDI and polyurethanes systems products, in the face of rapidly escalating raw material feedstock costs, and the need to achieve re-investment economics against a background of accelerating global demand for MDI.
Tony Hankins, President of Huntsman's Polyurethanes division said "Price increases were implemented in the Americas, Asia and Europe during 2007, as raw material costs rose to record highs. However, since the start of this year we have seen raw material costs continue to escalate to new record levels. As a result, we must immediately implement further price increases, on a global basis, to ensure margins that will underpin our future investments that are required to support customers' growth."
Specifics of the regional and products price increases will be announced shortly.
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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