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Albemarle Improves Leading Liquid Curative, ETHACURE® 300

Monday, January 30, 2012

Albemarle Improves Leading Liquid Curative, ETHACURE® 30009:15 EST Monday, January 30, 2012Easy-to-handle aromatic diamine curative recently modified to greatly reduce odor while retaining performanceBATON ROUGE, La., Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB) announced today that it has greatly reduced the odor of its ETHACURE 300 liquid aromatic diamine curative used in both hot and room-temperature polyurethane cast elastomers and sealants.(Logo: )"This is an advancement that will considerably increase the utility of ETHACURE 300, especially in consumer market applications where odor is critical," says Chris Knight, global business director of curatives and antioxidants.  "Furthermore, we were able to maintain the high properties and performance characteristics of our safe and effective ETHACURE 300 diamine curative."Albemarle's curatives business is part of the company's polymer solutions business segment.  For more information about ETHACURE curatives, please visit Albemarle Albemarle Corporation, headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a leading global developer, manufacturer, and marketer of highly-engineered specialty chemicals for consumer electronics, petroleum refining, utilities, packaging, construction, automotive/transportation, pharmaceuticals, crop protection, food-safety and custom chemistry services. The Company is committed to global sustainability and is advancing its eco-practices and solutions in its three business segments, Polymer Solutions, Catalysts and Fine Chemistry. Corporate Responsibility Magazine selected Albemarle to its prestigious "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list for 2010 and 2011.  Albemarle employs approximately 4,000 people and serves customers in approximately 100 countries. Albemarle regularly posts information to, including notification of events, news, financial performance, investor presentations and webcasts, Regulation G reconciliations, SEC filings, and other information regarding the Company, its businesses and the markets we serve."Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding Albemarle Corporation's business that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K.SOURCE Albemarle CorporationFor further information: CONTACT: Media, Ashley Mendoza, +1-225-388-7137,, or Investor Relations, Lorin Crenshaw, +1-225-388-7322,