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NALCO PASSES CERTIFICATION TEST ON INTERNATIONAL QUALITY STANDARDS

 NAPERVILLE, Ill., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Nalco Chemical Co. (NYSE: NLC) announced that its major U.S. manufacturing facilities as well as its purchasing and customer service functions have received International Organization of Standards (ISO) 9002 certification.
 ABS Quality Evaluations, Inc. conducted the audits on the Nalco facilities, which received their certifications in the fourth quarter. Nalco now has 22 sites worldwide which are ISO 9000 certified.
 Nalco's major U.S. plants passed their certification audits unconditionally. According to ABS Quality Evaluations, of the companies audited only 20 percent receive this designation on the first attempt. As part of the ISO process, the company's certified facilities will be re-evaluated during unannounced visits every six months by ABS Quality Evaluations.
 ISO 9000 certification is an integral part of Nalco's quality improvement process to ensure world-class products and services to customers worldwide. This certification is part of the company's ongoing effort to achieve total customer satisfaction.
 ISO 9000 is a series of five international standards for quality management and quality assurance. It defines the basic elements of a certified quality system and sets requirements that must be met with documented procedures. These quality standards have been adopted by more than 55 countries around the world.
 Nalco Chemical Co. is the world's largest producer of water, process and wastewater treatment chemicals. It ranks 277 on Fortune magazine's list of the 500 largest U.S. industrial corporations. The company sells chemicals and services for water, process and wastewater treatment, pollution control, oil production and refining, papermaking, mining and mineral processing, metalworking, petrochemicals and other industrial processes. Nalco products and services are marketed in more than 130 countries and major manufacturing facilities are located throughout the world.
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 /CONTACT: Paul Cholette of Nalco Chemical Company, 708-305-1147/
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