AkzoNobel to be the primary paint supplier to Walmart

September 1, 2010 AkzoNobel - the world's largest coatings company - today announced it has been selected by Walmart to be the primary paint supplier for the retailer's US stores. The company will develop and manufacture a portfolio of interior and exterior paints for more than 3,500 Walmart stores nationwide. This agreement builds on the existing relationship with Walmart, the world's largest retailer, for paints in Puerto Rico and Canada, and with Liquid Nails(®) adhesives in the United States. "This is an excellent opportunity for us to work with Walmart and offer their customers an exciting new in-store program," said Tex Gunning, the AkzoNobel Board member responsible for Decorative Paints. "This is a landmark deal which will significantly boost our market share in the US and contribute to further enhancing the value of our Glidden(TM) brand there." Walmart will begin the transition to AkzoNobel early next year. AkzoNobel Decorative Paints in the Americas (Canada, US and Latin America) currently employs around 7,200 people and generates revenue of close to €1.5 billion. It operates eight paint manufacturing and distribution sites in the US and a global research and development center in Strongsville, Ohio. The portfolio consists of architectural coatings and wood care products, as well as adhesives and caulks.  - - - AkzoNobel is the largest global paints and coatings' company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. We supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and are passionate about developing sustainable answers for our customers. Our portfolio includes well known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International and Eka. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we are a Global Fortune 500 company and are consistently ranked as one of the leaders on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. With operations in more than 80 countries, our 55,000 people around the world are committed to excellence and delivering Tomorrow's Answers Today (TM). Note to editors - not for publication Corporate Media Relations                      Corporate Investor Relations Tel. +31 20 502 7833                           Tel. +31 20 502 7856 Contact: Tim van der Zanden                    Contact: Huib Wurbain and Ivar Smits [HUG#1441724] Pdf file AkzoNobel press release: http://hugin.info/130660/R/1441724/386110.pdf Fact sheet AkzoNobel US operational footprint: http://hugin.info/130660/R/1441724/386039.pdf This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: Akzo Nobel NV via Thomson Reuters ONE