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Industrial Chemicals

Industrial Chemicals delivered a solid performance in the quarter. Demand for chemical transformation salt, caustic, and chlorine derivatives remained firm, factoring in the maintenance stops across the chain. Increased pricing and volume strength led to an improved performance in our Chlor-alkali, Salt and Mono Chloro Acetic business activities. However, the Energy business remains challenged due to higher gas costs relative to the electricity market prices. In addition, we executed full and partial planned maintenance stops in Delfzijl and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Bitterfeld, Germany. Nonetheless, this improved pricing and steady demand resulted in an overall favorable performance relative to Q2 2010.

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