Huber Engineered Materials Announces Price Increase on Kaolin for Paper

    ATLANTA, December 3 /CNW/ - Huber Engineered Materials, part of J.M.
Huber Corporation, today announced prices for hydrous and calcined clays for
the paper industry will increase by an average of about eight percent. This
increase will not replace Huber's energy surcharge program and will go into
effect January 1, 2008, or as current contracts permit.

    "Huber's kaolin business continues focusing its efforts on improving the
productivity of its operations to reduce the impact of rising costs on our
customers," said Doug Carter, business director for paper kaolin. "Over the
last year, Huber has optimized its product portfolio by focusing productivity
efforts on its key products and processes, such as Hydragloss(R) 90, and
idling some high cost capacity at its Macon manufacturing facility. Despite
the success of these initiatives, the continued escalation of oil, gas and
electricity costs and the increased prices of core chemical raw materials and
contracted services have outpaced our efforts. Our price increase is necessary
to ensure we can continue to provide our customers with the products and
services they desire."

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    Hydragloss(R) 90 is a registered trademark of J.M. Huber Corporation for
kaolin clay.

    About Huber Engineered Materials

    Huber Engineered Materials develops engineered specialty ingredients that
enhance the performance, appeal and processing of a broad range of products
used in industrial, paper and consumer-based applications. Its inorganic
expertise has resulted in advancing the art in specialty silica and silicates,
alumina trihydrate, magnesium hydroxide, kaolin clay, barium sulfate and
natural calcium carbonate.

    Headquartered in Atlanta, Huber Engineered Materials has offices in 15
countries. For more information, see

    About J.M. Huber Corporation

    J.M. Huber Corporation, headquartered in Edison, NJ, is a diversified,
multinational supplier of engineered materials, natural resources and
technology-based services to customers spanning many industries from paper and
energy to plastics and construction. With announced sales exceeding $2
billion, J.M. Huber Corporation is one of the largest family-owned companies
in the United States. The company offers total solutions in inorganic
chemistry, engineered wood composites and other specialties. For more
information, see

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