Henkel KGaA

Henkel has signed exclusivity agreement with Akzo Nobel

Enhancement of global market position planned

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merger, acquisition and takeover/Henkel

Düsseldorf (euro adhoc) - Düsseldorf, July 30, 2007

Henkel has signed an exclusivity agreement with Akzo Nobel.  At  the same  time Henkel and  Akzo  Nobel  have  negotiated  an  agreement   about  a  back-to-back transaction, the signing of which is still pending.  Under  the  terms  of  such agreement Henkel would buy the adhesives and electronic materials businesses  of National Starch, a subsidiary company of ICI, in the case of a takeover  of  ICI by Akzo Nobel. If however a formal offer  will  be  made  by  Akzo  Nobel  or a successful takeover of ICI by Akzo  Nobel  will  be  realized   respectively,  is presently still open.

Ulrich Lehner, Chairman of the Management  Board  of  Henkel,   comments  on  the planned acquisition: "The acquisition would be a very good  opportunity  for  us to  further  strengthen  our   Adhesives  Technologies    business    sector.    The businesses we want to  acquire  are  high-growth  operations  and  would  enjoy exceptional  geographical  and  technological  complementarity    with Henkel's existing portfolio. I am confident that, with  this   acquisition,  we  would  be able to realize significant synergies   and  create  substantial  value  for  our shareholders. If however such an acquisition, which is subject to  the  takeover of ICI by Akzo Nobel, will be realized, cannot be forecast at this moment."

Düsseldorf - Henkel KGaA and Akzo Nobel  N.V.,  Arnhem,  The   Netherlands,  have signed an exclusivity agreement on July 26, 2007. At the same  time  Henkel  and Akzo Nobel have negotiated an agreement about a  back-to-back  transaction,  the signing of which is still pending. This agreement allows Henkel to  acquire  the adhesives  and  electronic  materials  businesses  of  and    Chemical Company, Bridgewater, N.J., USA, a subsidiary company of  ICI,  in   the  case  that  Akzo Nobel can acquire ICI. It is intended  -   subject  to  approval  by  the  Henkel Shareholders' Committee - to   execute  the  back-to-back  agreement  immediately prior to the formal announcement  of  an  offer  by  Akzo  Nobel  for  ICI.  The businesses to be acquired from National Starch  realized  sales  of   about  1.26 billion GBP (about 1.85 billion euros) in 2006.

Complementary businesses The businesses of Henkel and the businesses to be acquired from National  Starch would  be  highly  complementary with  respect  to  market    segments.    Within adhesives, National   Starch  holds  very  strong  positions  in  non-wovens  and athletic footwear, while Henkel is particularly strong  in  the  automotive   and aerospace industries. With regard to electronic materials, comprising  adhesives for the semiconductor and electronics industry, the  combined  businesses  would be of a size that would allow Henkel to  serve  the  different  submarkets  more efficiently. In addition, the new businesses would further provide  Henkel  with additional technological capabilities  in  attractive  application  areas  where Henkel so far has been active only to a limited extent. These include adhesives for various medical  applications  and  pressure-sensitive adhesives.  The  two businesses would also enjoy complementary geographic fit.  With  the  businesses to be acquired from National Starch, Henkel could significantly  strengthen  its Asian business and in some countries  of  this  region,  such  as  Japan,  would achieve market entry. The transaction would also enhance  Henkel's   presence  in other fast growing markets such as Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Closing of such a  back-to-back  agreement  is  conditional  upon  a successful takeover of ICI by Akzo Nobel. If however Akzo Nobel will make  a  formal  offer and if this will then be successfully concluded, is uncertain.

For more than 130 years, Henkel has been a leader with brands  and   technologies that make people's lives easier, better and more beautiful. Henkel  operates  in three business areas - Home Care, Personal Care, and  Adhesives  Technologies  - and ranks among the   Fortune  Global  500  companies.  In  fiscal  2006,  Henkel generated sales of 12.740 billion euros and operating profit  of  1,298   million euros. Our 52,000 employees worldwide are dedicated to fulfilling our  corporate claim, "A Brand like a Friend," and   ensuring  that  people  in  more  than  125 countries can trust in brands and technologies from Henkel.

This document  contains  forward-looking  statements  which  are   based  on  the current estimates and assumptions made by the   corporate  management  of  Henkel KGaA. Forward-looking statements are characterized by the use of words  such  as expect, intend, plan, predict, assume, believe, estimate, anticipate, etc.  Such statements are not to be understood  as  in  any  way  guaranteeing  that  those expectations will turn out to be accurate. Future performance  and   the  results actually achieved by Henkel KGaA  and  its  affiliated   companies  depend  on  a number of risks and uncertainties and may therefore differ materially  from  the forward-looking statements. Many of these factors are outside  Henkel's  control and cannot be accurately estimated in  advance,  such  as  the  future  economic environment  and  the  actions  of  competitors  and  others   involved  in    the marketplace. Henkel neither plans nor undertakes to update  any  forward-looking statements.

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