Americhem To Open R&D Facility, Expands Production And Services

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio-based Americhem — a specialist in custom color and additive masterbatch
solutions for a variety of industrial applications including man-made fibers, engineering resins,
packaging and containers, and others — has announced plans to open its new Central Research &
Development (R&D) facility at its corporate headquarters location. The new facility, scheduled
to open early this year, will include complete analytical, weathering and end-use testing
laboratories; advanced masterbatch processing capabilities; process simulation equipment; and a
Customer Concept Center to enable customers to consult with Americhem experts to develop new and
improved product solutions.

“A part of the commitment we’ve made to the markets we serve involves continually working to
create new solutions that take product innovation to the next level,” said Cathy Hanlin, Americhem’s
director of research and development. “We excel at supplying color and additive solutions that
deliver upon this promise, but what sets uus apart is our ability to partner with our clients to
develop and enhance products.”

In other news, Americhem announced it has expanded manufacturing capacity and value-added
services offered worldwide.

Facility expansions have been implemented at the company’s Dalton, Ga.; Concord, N.C.; 
Mansfield, Texas; and Suzhou, China, plants. In addition to manufacturing capacity, the company has
added process simulation equipment, and enlarged the design and quality testing laboratories.

New Synthetic Fibers Design Centers, located in Dalton and Suzhou as well as in Manchester,
England, include facilities to enable evaluation of fiber samples under natural, fluorescent and
incandescent light. The company’s vDesign® software package references thousands of formulas to
match existing colors using such color tools as Pantone®

Packaging Design Centers are located in Cuyahoga Falls and Manchester, and enable customers
to obtain bottle samples providing the desired color, effects and additives though Americhem’s “
Match While You Wait” service.

April 15, 2008