Mr. Rogerson continued, “As a result of the expanded diversity of applications they now serve, Great Lakes Solutions was able to deliver further year-on-year improvement. They even saw a modest improvement in electronics sales compared to the third quarter of 2012 and the fourth quarter of 2011, although still below the levels of the first half of 2012. However, demand for our organometallic tin products used in automotive and glass applications remained weak during the quarter and sales of products used in polyolefin polymerization catalysts declined. Growth from new applications and the benefit of additional capacity could not fully offset these headwinds for traditional organometallics products in the quarter. The net result left the Industrial Engineered Products segment flat year-over-year. Industrial Performance Products faced the greatest challenge. Petroleum Additives saw further weakening in global demand for key product applications as the quarter progressed. While they found additional sales opportunities to offset the lower unit volumes, the margins on these sales were lower and they fell short of last year’s performance. Building application diversity through innovation for our petroleum additive products remains one of our highest priorities.”

“In November we entered into an agreement for the sale of our Antioxidant business,” commented Mr. Rogerson. “As a result, we now report them as a discontinued operation, giving first sight of the post-sale Chemtura. We already have detailed plans in place to promptly eliminate the stranded functional costs arising from the transaction and will implement them upon the closing of the transaction, preserving our margins. We remain focused on exploiting additional portfolio transformation opportunities. As a result of our portfolio strategy, we will be smaller before we get bigger, but Chemtura will have improved margins and be able to deliver higher organic growth rates based on a portfolio of strongly differentiated product lines that are exposed to markets with strong secular growth opportunities.”

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