Nalco Again Rated Preferred Paper Industry Supplier

NAPERVILLE, Ill., Feb. 23, 2011 - A second paper industry publication's global readership survey has selected Nalco (NYSE: NLC) as a preferred supplier of chemical programs for the industry. In the 2010 Brand Awareness and Preference Study of readers by Pulp & Paper (PPI) International magazine, more readers also anticipated buying from Nalco in the next twelve months than any other supplier in four categories of chemical programs.

Survey respondents from pulp, paper and paperboard manufacturers around the world identified Nalco as their most preferred supplier of programs to treat mill boiler and steam systems by more than two to one over the next supplier. In preferences for programs to treat cooling systems Nalco's score was nearly double the next best supplier. Nalco was also the most preferred supplier of retention and drainage aids used in the wet end of the papermaking process.

"We are gratified to receive this recognition within the pulp and papermaking industry," said Brent Carpenter, Nalco Strategic Business Leader for Paper Services. "The survey also showed strong industry support for the kind of sustainability services Nalco provides to help customers reduce water and energy consumption, use less virgin fiber and improve end-product quality."

There were more than 600 responses to the annual survey conducted by PPI publisher RISI. Nearly four out of five said sustainability was Important or Very Important to their job. Respondents gave their feedback on more than two dozen areas affecting production including various types of equipment, chemicals and services.

RISI is an information provider for the global forest products industry including the pulp and paper, wood products, timber, biomass, tissue, nonwovens, printing and publishing industries.

A similar survey by Paper 360 Degrees magazine also named Nalco a preferred chemical supplier to papermakers.

About Nalco

Nalco is the world's largest sustainability services company focused on industrial water, energy and air applications; delivering significant environmental, social and economic performance benefits to our customers. We help our customers reduce energy, water and other natural resource consumption, enhance air quality, minimize environmental releases and improve productivity and end products while boosting the bottom line. Together our comprehensive solutions contribute to the sustainable development of customer operations. Nalco is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. More than 12,000 Nalco employees operate in 150 countries supported by a comprehensive network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and research centers to serve a broad range of end markets. In 2010, Nalco achieved sales of $4.25 billion. For more information visit

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