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Ciba Specialty Chemicals completes sale of Textile Effects business to Huntsman Corporation

Published on 2006-07-03. Author : SpecialChem

Basel, Switzerland -- Ciba has announced that the agreed sale of its Textile Effects business to Huntsman Corporation was completed at the end of June 2006 following receipt of regulatory approvals and closing of the transaction. The business, including its assets and liabilities, was sold for a consideration of CHF 332 million, consisting of cash and assumed debt of CHF 75 million. Approximately 4,000 employees of the Textile Effects business and support functions transferred to Huntsman. Ciba announced the agreement to sell this business to Huntsman on February 20, 2006.

Ciba focuses on the core businesses Plastic Additives, Coating Effects and Water & Paper Treatment.

"We are pleased to have successfully concluded the sale of the Textile Effects business to Huntsman after a complex but fast separation process. We wish our transferring colleagues and the new business owner a successful future," Armin Meyer, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Ciba, said.

"With the completion of the divestment of the Textile Effects business, Ciba has one of the most focused business portfolios within our industry. Focusing on the core businesses Plastic Additives, Coating Effects and Water & Paper Treatment, we will strengthen the Company's overall position. We will continue to expand our leadership in the plastics and coatings industries and, with a strong focus on improving profitability, further develop our position in the area of water treatment and paper chemicals."

About Ciba

Ciba (SWX: CIBN, NYSE: CSB) is a leading global company dedicated to producing high-value effects for its customers' products. We strive to be the partner of choice for our customers, offering them innovative products and one-stop expert service. We create effects that improve the quality of life - adding performance, protection, color and strength to plastics, paper, automobiles, buildings, home and personal care products and much more. Ciba is active in more than 120 countries around the world and is committed to be a leader in its chosen markets. In 2005, the Company's continued operations generated sales of CHF 6.1 billion and invested over CHF 270 million in R&D.

Source: Ciba

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