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Srategic alliance to serve the paper and paperboard industry

Rohm & Haas Co : 19 January, 2001  (Company News)
Rohm and Haas and OMNOVA Solutions announced today the completion of a final agreement which establishes a strategic alliance to serve the paper and paperboard industry.
The alliance will offer total solutions capability to customers with a strong portfolio of complementary surface treatment products including styrene butadiene emulsions, hollow sphere pigments, styrene acrylic emulsions and paper coating additives. In addition, the companies plan to combine resources to provide sales, service and supply chain advantages.

'As we defined the details of the agreement, the extraordinary range of benefits this alliance will bring to customers in providing improved solutions became increasingly clear,' said Jim Hohman, President, Paper & Carpet Chemicals Division of OMNOVA's Performance Chemicals business segment. 'Both companies are energized and already beginning to work on high impact projects focused on leveraging synergies in product breadth, technical service, account management and supply chain optimization. I've rarely seen two companies more committed to the pursuit of customer value.'

'With our one-stop-shop model, customers will see new and interesting applications of the partners' combined technical service and product range,' said Luis Fernandez, Worldwide Business Unit Manager for Printing and Paper Technologies at Rohm and Haas. 'Even more important, the alliance has critical mass and flexibility to move with the industry. As customer needs keep changing, we will be there with total solutions.'

Rohm and Haas is a specialty chemical company whose products consistently improve the quality of life for people around the world. Rohm and Haas technology is found in paper and board products, paints and coatings, adhesives and sealants, household products, personal computers and electronic components, and construction materials. It also helps bring food to the table,fruits and vegetables,and salt, an essential ingredient for life.

Rohm and Haas has annual sales of approximately $7 billion and employs more than 21,000 people. The company operates approximately 150 manufacturing and research sites in 25 countries around the world.

OMNOVA Solutions is a technology-based company headquartered in Fairlawn, Ohio, USA, with annual sales of approximately $770 million and 2,500 employees worldwide. OMNOVA is a major innovator of emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals, and decorative and functional surfaces. Through investments in a pilot coater (1998) and Process Development Facility (2000), OMNOVA has continued to strengthen its ability to serve the paper and paperboard industry.
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