Powder Additive eliminates efflorescence in mortars.

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Redispersible powder additive, ELOTEX® ERA100, forms microscopic particles that seal pores in stuccos, tile grouts, skim coats, cement powder paints, and other cement-based mortar systems. Preventing chemicals that cause efflorescence from migrating to surface results in clean, bright, unblemished architectural appearance. Compatible with other additives, this active, resin-based compound has no detrimental effects on working properties and also increases water repellency.

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Elotex Introduces Anti-Efflorescence Additive for Cement-based Mortar Systems

BRIDGEWATER, NJ, January 29, 2008 - Elotex (www.elotex.com), a business unit of National Starch and Chemical Company, has introduced ELOTEX® ERA100, a redispersible powder additive designed to eliminate primary efflorescence in stuccos, tile grouts, skim coats, cement powder paints and other cement-based mortar systems.

"ERA100 works by forming microscopic particles that seal the pores in mortars, so the chemicals that cause efflorescence are prevented from migrating to the surface. This provides a clean, bright, unblemished architectural surface," said Joe Palmer, Business Director, Elotex Americas.

A highly active, resin-based anti-efflorescence compound, ELOTEX ERA100 exhibits good mixing properties, is compatible with other additives, and has no detrimental effects on working properties. When cured, ELOTEX ERA100 eliminates or drastically reduces the occurrence of primary efflorescence and increases water repellency.

Elotex AG, a unit of National Starch and Chemical Company, is a leading Swiss-based international producer of building material additives. Elotex supplies high quality redispersible polymer powders and performance additives for dry-mix construction applications such as cement mortars and ceramic tile adhesives, flooring compounds, stucco, tape joint compounds and wallpaper adhesives. For more information about Elotex and its products, call 1-888-4EL-OTEX or visit www.elotex.com.

National Starch and Chemical Company is a worldwide manufacturer of adhesives, specialty polymers, natural polymers and electronic materials, with 2006 sales of $3.7 billion. National Starch is headquartered in Bridgewater, N.J., and is a member of the ICI Group, an Akzo Nobel company.

For more information about National Starch and Chemical Company, visit www.nationalstarch.com.

National Starch and Chemical Company is dedicated to meeting the needs and expectations of customers without compromising its commitment to sustainability. National Starch supports sustainability through its continuous efforts to improve the safety, health and environment of the communities in which it operates. For detailed information on National Starch's sustainability program, visit www.nationalstarch.com.

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