Akzo Nobel divests French industrial resins business

Akzo Nobel divests French industrial resins business Arnhem, the Netherlands, June 16, 2004 - Akzo Nobel Coatings has sold its French industrial resins business to Spanish company Derivados Forestales S.A. All 36 employees have transferred to the new business. Trading under the name Casco Industrie SnC., Akzo Nobel's resins operations in France manufactured formaldehyde and resins at the facility in Ambarès and had most of its customers in the French particle board industry. The business had sales of EUR 17 million in 2003. Casco's wood adhesives operations in France were not included in the sale. In fact, Casco Adhesives will take over the Derivados group's wood adhesives customers in Spain and Portugal. In turn, the Derivados group will be a toll producer of wood adhesives for Casco Adhesives, especially at Ambarès. "The industrial resins operations in France had become strategically distanced from our Coatings portfolio," explained Rudy van der Meer, Member of Akzo Nobel's Board of Management responsible for Coatings. "This deal ensures the continued expansion of the Ambarès operation under an owner who is looking to grow the business, while at the same time strengthening the position of our wood adhesives sector in southern Europe." The Derivados group is globally active in the field of formaldehyde-based products and its operations include the manufacture and sale of particle board resins in Spain. Employee unions and representative bodies have been informed about the divestment. Note for the editor Akzo Nobel, based in the Netherlands, serves customers throughout the world with healthcare products, coatings and chemicals. Consolidated sales for 2003 totaled EUR 13 billion. The Company currently employs approximately 64,300 people in more than 80 countries. The financial results for the second quarter will be published on July 19, 2004. Internet: www.akzonobel.com; www.derivados-f.es Not for publication - for more information Akzo Nobel N.V. Corporate Media Relations, tel. +31 26 366 4343 Contact: Marc Michelsen Safe Harbor Statement* This press release may contain statements which address such key issues as Akzo Nobel's growth strategy, future financial results, market positions, product development, pharmaceutical products in the pipeline, and product approvals. Such statements should be carefully considered and it should be understood that many factors could cause forecasted and actual results to differ from these statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, price fluctuations, currency fluctuations, developments in raw material and personnel costs, pensions, physical and environmental risks, legal issues, and legislative, fiscal, and other regulatory measures. Stated competitive positions are based on management estimates supported by information provided by specialized external agencies. For a more complete discussion of the risk factors affecting our business please refer to our Annual Report on Form 20-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. A copy of which can be found on the Company's website. * Pursuant to the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act 1995. ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by Waymaker http://www.waymaker.net The following files are available for download: http://www.waymaker.net/bitonline/2004/06/16/20040616BIT20060/wkr0006.pdf Pressmeddelandet som pdf

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