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M.A. HANNA TO DISTRIBUTE HIMONT PRODUCTS IN THE U.S.

 CLEVELAND, July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- M.A. Hanna Company (NYSE/MSE: MAH), an international specialty chemicals company, today reached an agreement with Himont, Incorporated, the world's leading producer of polypropylene resins, to become a U.S. distributor of all Pro-Fax and Valtec grades.
 Included in the agreement is Himont's complete polypropylene portfolio of homopolymers, random and impact copolymers, and reactor- based thermoplastic polyolefins.
 "Himont offers advanced technologies and one of the broadest product lines," said Martin D. Walker, chairman and chief executive officer, M.A. Hanna Company. "Their resins are also particularly well designed for growth markets like medical devices, consumer products and packaging."
 Walker added that the value-added role of M.A. Hanna will be to work closely with Himont in targeting specific markets, applications and end users.
 The M.A. Hanna distribution group has 30 locations across the United States operated by its Fiberchem, Inc.; Bruck Plastics Company; and Plastic Distributing Corporation business units.
 Himont, a Montecatini company in the Ferruzzi-Montedison Group, is a world-leading producer and marketer of polyolefin resins and a major producer of a broad range of specialty composites, alloys and advanced materials. Himont is the leading licensor of technology related to the production of polypropylene and also develops and markets catalysts used in its manufacture. Himont materials are used in a variety of markets and applications including packaging, medical, automotive, electronics, fibers, appliances and consumer products.
 Ferruzzi-Montedison is a leading international industrial group which operates in the food, agro-industrial, energy, chemical and pharmaceutical sectors with worldwide aggregate turnover of over $25 billion.
 M.A. Hanna is a leading international specialty chemicals company focused on the plastics and rubber industry. Primary businesses of M.A. Hanna are plastics and rubber compounding, color and additive concentrates for plastics, distribution of resins and engineered plastic shapes, and manufactured polymer products.
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