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Akzo Nobel shareholders approve acquisition of ICI

December 20, 2007

Akzo Nobel N.V. shareholders gave strong support for the company’s proposed acquisition of Imperial Chemical Industries PLC (ICI).
At an Extraordinary General Meeting held in Amsterdam, shareholders voted 79% in favor of the transaction. The transaction is expected to close on January 2, 2008, subject to the outcome of ICI’s court meeting and EGM and certain other conditions precedent.
Commenting on the approval, Akzo Nobel CEO Hans Wijers said, “We have taken a major step towards creating a global industrial leader in coatings and specialty chemicals which will provide significant benefits for shareholders, employees and other stakeholders.”