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Nalco Increases Investment in China; Opens New Asia Pacific Center in Shanghai

Asia Pacific Center Opening CeremonyNalco (NYSE:NLC), providing essential expertise for water, energy and air, today formally opened a new Asia Pacific center for industry marketing, supply chain, technology development and training located in Shanghai, China. The 6,600 square meter (70,000 square foot), five-story facility located on Da Du He Road is the latest in a series of expansions by Nalco in China that includes a new manufacturing plant that opened in the Nanjing Chemical Industrial Park last year.

“Nalco has a long history in China and we have great expectations for a bright future,” said Erik Fyrwald, Nalco Chairman and CEO. “Our goal is to double our number of employees and double sales in China in the next five years, making it our second largest market behind only the United States.”

The new facility includes a 1,000-square meter Customer Experience and Training Center which will provide training for new sales engineers as well as customer seminars and training on industrial water and process treatment.

“Our Shanghai office will allow us to bring together the sales, marketing and support functions for China and parts of our Asia Pacific regional operations under one roof,” said Eric Melin, Executive Vice President and President, Asia Pacific. “We’ll be better able to meet the needs of the growing number of private and state-owned enterprises that make China such an attractive growth market for Nalco.”

Reflecting the growth of the paper industry in Asia, especially China, the new Technology Demonstration Center will focus on innovation and customer support to provide papermakers with better solutions for retention, drainage and formation, deposit control, functional areas and water and resource conservation. The new facility will also concentrate on sensors, automation and industrial water treatment working in concert with Nalco technology centers in the United States and Europe.

“Our customers expect us to have world-class development capabilities closer to their new investments so that we can continue to collaborate on technology development,” said Mani Ramesh, Chief Technology Officer. “We will be able to recruit and develop highly competent and capable technology teams to serve not only the needs of Asia Pacific but also be a global center of innovation in targeted areas, working closely with Nalco’s other technology centers around the world.”