AkzoNobel develops paint range for Martha Stewart Living brand

AkzoNobel, in partnership with The Home Depot in North America, today announced that it has developed a new range of high quality paints under the prestigious Martha Stewart Living brand. The complete line of low-Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) interior and exterior paints will be available exclusively in The Home Depot stores throughout the US and in Canada starting early next year - just in time for the busy spring home improvement season. "This is an exciting new initiative which will not only strengthen our existing links with the world's largest home improvement retailer, but will also provide a superior product for the legions of loyal Martha Stewart brand followers," said Erik Bouts, Managing Director of AkzoNobel Decorative Paints United States. "As the world's largest paint company, we are always looking for ways to innovate and excite customers and this extensive new range will broaden the array of products we offer to do-it-yourself customers at The Home Depot." In addition to providing product development, merchandising support and manufacturing, color experts from AkzoNobel have worked closely with representatives from The Home Depot and the Martha Stewart Living brand to develop the palette of 280 distinctive colors, which will be available in four interior sheens and three exterior sheens. The availability of Martha Stewart Living paints builds on the growing portfolio of home décor products that the media and merchandising company recently announced it will offer within The Home Depot. The new paint line will be supported by a national media campaign, which is scheduled to start early next year. - - - AkzoNobel is proud to be one of the world's leading industrial companies. Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we make and supply a wide range of paints, coatings and specialty chemicals - 2008 revenue totaled ¤15.4 billion. In fact, we are the largest global paints and coatings company. As a major producer of specialty chemicals we supply industries worldwide with quality ingredients for life's essentials. We think about the future, but act in the present. We're passionate about introducing new ideas and developing sustainable answers for our customers. That's why our 58,000 employees - who are based in more than 80 countries - are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow's Answers Today(TM). Not for publication - for more information Corporate Media Relations, tel. +31 Corporate Investor Relations, 20 502 7833 tel. +31 20 502 7854 Contact: Tim van der Zanden Contacts: Huib Wurfbain and Ivar Smits Akzo Nobel Paints LLC U.S. Media Relations, tel 440-297-8404 Contact: Eric Stasiowski eric.stasiowski@akzonobel.com Safe Harbor Statement This press release contains statements which address such key issues as AkzoNobel's growth strategy, future financial results, market positions, product development, products in the pipeline, and product approvals. Such statements should be carefully considered, and it should be understood that many factors could cause forecasted and actual results to differ from these statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, price fluctuations, currency fluctuations, developments in raw material and personnel costs, pensions, physical and environmental risks, legal issues, and legislative, fiscal, and other regulatory measures. Stated competitive positions are based on management estimates supported by information provided by specialized external agencies. For a more comprehensive discussion of the risk factors affecting our business please see our latest Annual Report, a copy of which can be found on the company's corporate website www.akzonobel.com. This announcement was originally distributed by Hugin. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.