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BREAKUP PLANNED FOR AKZO NOBEL

February 10, 2006

Following three years of restructuring, Akzo Nobel is planning to split its pharmaceutical operations into a separate company. The Dutch company is preparing an initial public offering to sell a minority stake, the percentage still to be determined, in a new firm called Organon Biosciences. Akzo Nobel itself will remain a coatings and chemicals company.

Chemical & Engineering News (http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/84/i07/8407notw4.html)