August 02, 2006 02:20 ET

EPDM anti-trust investigations closed without charges against DSM

HEERLEN, NETHERLANDS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 2, 2006 --

The European Commission has informed DSM that it has closed its investigations into alleged violations of the anti-trust laws involving the EPDM sector without charges of any kind against DSM or its affiliates. This decision follows a similar decision of the Department of Justice in the USA, which DSM already communicated in its Press Release of 27 July 2006, regarding the results of the second quarter 2006.

The investigations of the European Commission and the US Department of Justice started in December 2002.

EPDM is a synthetic rubber and a major product of DSM Elastomers, marketed worldwide under trade name Keltantm. EPDM is used in a wide variety of products in the automotive, building & construction and other industrial markets.

DSM DSM is active worldwide in nutritional and pharma ingredients, performance materials and industrial chemicals. The company creates innovative products and services that help improve the quality of life. DSM's products are used in a wide range of end markets and applications such as human and animal nutrition and health, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, automotive and transport, coatings, housing and electrics & electronics (E&E). DSM's strategy, named Vision 2010 - Building on Strengths, focuses on accelerating profitable and innovative growth of the company's specialties portfolio. Market-driven growth, innovation and increased presence in emerging economies are key drivers of this strategy. The group has annual sales of over EUR 8 billion and employs some 22,000 people worldwide. DSM ranks among the global leaders in many of its fields. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands, with locations in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. More information about DSM can be found at

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