Wesel, June 27, 2006

BYK-Chemie acquires RWE site in Abelstraße in Wesel

Future of the Abelstraße site assured by purchase of neighboring land

BYK-Chemie GmbH has acquired the adjacent site of RWE in the Abelstraße in Wesel. The site, which is currently being used as the RWE Rhein-Ruhr maintenance and storage depot, is to create room for further growth. Details of the purchase price have not been published.

The handover of keys is planned for November 2006. The idea is to build administration and laboratory buildings on the site, which covers an area of around 30,000 m2. “We are beginning the planning now so as to quickly lay the foundation for further room capacity following the changeover,” Gerd Büscher, Managing Director Finance / Supply Chain at BYK-Chemie, explains.

Please read the related press release of RWE Rhein-Ruhr at www.rwe.com.

For any other queries you might have, Sven Kremser, Corporate Communications ALTANA Chemie, will be pleased to assist you on the above number, as too will Jagna Jera, Corporate Communications RWE Rhein-Ruhr AG, on Phone 0201/186-26 98 or Fax 0201/186-25 83. 



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