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Solvay breaks ground on new state-of-the-art silica plant in Poland

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Lyon, May 22, 2013 --- At a ceremony held today in Włocławek, Poland in the presence of, the Belgian Ambassador to Poland, the mayor of Włocławek and other local dignitaries, Solvay officially broke ground for the construction of a new state-of-the art facility that will produce Highly Dispersible Silica (HDS).

The new plant represents a €75-million investment that will create more than 50 new jobs and expand the company’s HDS capacity by 85,000 tons per year.

Located in central Poland, close to key energy distribution and the recently completed Warsaw-Gdansk highway, the new facility built on a plot of 8 hectares will offer local logistical supply benefits to Solvay’s customers in Eastern Europe and Russia. The site at which the new plant will be located is a designated special economic zone (SEZ) and will be integrated within the industrial complex of Anwil, a subsidiary of the Polish refining and energy company PKN Orlen Capital Group, one of Central Europe’s largest refiners of crude oil.

“Our new Włocławek facility represents Solvay’s focus on the future and underscores our unyielding commitment to accompany our customers growth – not only in Eastern Europe and Russia, but also around the world,” said Tom Benner, President of Solvay Silica. “The site will help us dramatically increase the capacity of some of the most advanced and innovative HDS technologies in the world, including new generation products like Zeosil® Premium. It also illustrates how we are reinforcing our global competitive position and strengthening our technological and market leadership.”

SOLVAY SILICA, a global business unit of the Solvay group, is the inventor and leading global provider of highly dispersible silica, which finds its main application in the production of energy-saving tires. Silica is also used in a wide range of other key markets such as industrial applications, personal care and nutrition.

As an international chemical group, SOLVAY assists industries in finding and implementing ever more responsible and value-creating solutions. The Group is firmly committed to sustainable development and focused on innovation and operational excellence. Solvay serves diversified markets, generating 90% of its turnover in activities where it is one of the top three worldwide. The group is headquartered in Brussels, employs about 29,000 people in 55 countries and generated 12.4 billion euros in net sales in 2012. Solvay SA SOLB.BE) is listed on NYSE Euronext in Brussels and Paris (Bloomberg: SOLB.BB - Reuters: SOLBt.BR).

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