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Nalco Names SMI Distributor For FillerTEK® Technology

Nalco has announced an agreement with Specialty Minerals Inc. (SMI) under which SMI will distribute Nalco FillerTEK technology for paper mills using PCC (precipitated calcium carbonate) as filler in the papermaking process. SMI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Minerals Technologies Inc., (NYSE: MTX) is an international producer of high-performance minerals.

“Minerals Technologies is the world’s leading producer of PCC to the global paper industry,” said Brent Carpenter, Nalco Strategic Business Leader for Paper Services. “We are pleased with this agreement and that our patent-pending technology will enhance their Fulfill™ suite of solutions which SMI currently provides to graphic papers producers around the world.”

FillerTEK technology preserves the critical strength and optical attributes of the final sheet while increasing the particle size of the filler through a unique method of pre-flocculation. The result is reduced interference of the filler with fiber-fiber bonding in the paper.

FillerTEK technology provides a unique opportunity for papermakers to significantly improve their profitability and sustainability profile by increasing fiber substitution and filler loading to unprecedented levels which, currently, they are not able to achieve.

Nalco retains the right to sell FillerTEK technology in countries and areas outside of SMI’s exclusive distributorship territory. More information about FillerTEK Technology is available on the Nalco website: http://www.nalco.com/applications/filler-loading.htm. Papermakers should contact their local Nalco or SMI representative. The Nalco corporate contact is David Sirois at dsirois@nalco.com.