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Hexion Specialty Chemicals To Invest in VERSATIC™ Acid Capacity

September 19, 2006 at 6:02 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 19, 2006--Hexion Specialty Chemicals today announced it plans to debottleneck its VERSATIC(TM) Acid plant in Pernis, The Netherlands to increase plant capacity by more than 10 percent.

The capacity expansion will enable Hexion to meet increasing global demand for VERSATIC(TM)-based compounds including Acid, CARDURA(TM) Glycidyl Ester and VEOVA(TM) vinyl ester monomers for high quality polymeric binders. These materials are used in a wide range of specialty coating and adhesives applications. The project will be implemented at the next scheduled plant turnaround in the first quarter of 2007.

"This investment clearly underlines our commitment to profitably grow the Versatics business and strengthen our position as the global market leader," said Jorrit Klaus, vice president, Versatics. "This debottlenecking project fits very well with our plans to eventually expand our VEOVA(TM) vinyl ester monomer asset base."

About Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc.

Based in Columbus, Ohio, Hexion Specialty Chemicals is the global leader in Versatic Acid (TM) and derivatives. Hexion serves the global wood and industrial markets through a broad range of thermoset technologies, specialty products and technical support for customers in a diverse range of applications and industries. Additional information is available at

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Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc.
Jorrit Klaus, 31 10 295 4161
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