Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe, September 17, 2002

ALTANA donates € 750,000 for the victims of the flood disaster

Fund for the rebuilding of doctor's surgeries and hospitals
Bad Homburg, September 17, 2002 ALTANA AG, Bad Homburg and its divisions ALTANA Pharma AG, Constance and ALTANA Chemie AG, Wesel donate € 750,000 for the victimes of the flood disaster.

On the one hand, the provision of medical care in doctor's surgeries and hospitals will be supported via a fund. On the other, medium-sized chemical companies will be helped through the action of the VCI (Verband der Chemischen Industrie) ?Chemie hilft Chemie?. ALTANA will also support damaged galleries and museums in Dresden and Dessau.

About the company
ALTANA AG (NYSE: AAA) is an international Pharmaceuticals and Chemicals Group with sales of € 2.3 billion in 2001 and about 9,500 employees all over the world. Its Pharmaceuticals division, ALTANA Pharma (Constance), concentrates on the areas Therapeutics, Diagnostics and OTC medication, and focuses on innovative pharmaceutical research (gastroenterology, respiratory, oncology). ALTANA Pharma represents a group of about 30 subsidiaries and affiliates in Europe, the Americas and Asia. The Chemicals division, ALTANA Chemie, develops, produces and sells Additives, Coatings and other specialty chemicals worldwide. The Chemicals division has more than 20 subsidiaries and affiliates all over the world.

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