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North America
September 1, 2009

Evonik Goldschmidt Donates $10,000 To Support Hopewell Schools

Contribution Continues Company’s Commitment To Education, Community

Evonik Goldschmidt Corporation today continued a long-standing tradition by contributing $10,000 to the Hopewell school system.

Over the past six years, the company has donated more than $54,000 to Hopewell education efforts.

“Evonik Goldschmidt has a deep commitment to education that is part of our continuing support for the community,” said Dr. Reinhold Brand, President of Evonik Goldschmidt Corporation. “As one of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies, we are well aware of the importance of education. Good education is not cheap, but ignorance costs far more.”

Dr. Winston Odom, superintendent of schools for Hopewell, praised Evonik Goldschmidt’s generous gift, noting that the company is a strong supporter of educational efforts in the city.

“We truly appreciate Evonik’s continuing support of our students and our schools,” said Dr. Odom. “We deeply appreciate the company’s generosity and hope other companies in the area will follow Evonik’s lead. Evonik Goldschmidt is an outstanding member of the community. Their donation today will help our students to achieve a higher level of understanding.”

Dr. Brand said Evonik Goldschmidt is donating:

- $3,000 to Hopewell High School
- $2,000 to Carter G. Woodson Middle School
- $1,000 to Patrick Copeland Elementary School
- $1,000 to Harry E. James Elementary School
- $1,000 to DuPont Elementary School
- $500 to the Woodlawn Learning Center for vocational training
- $1,500 to the Hopewell School Foundation

“The education of today’s youth is extremely important,” said Philip Munson, site manager at Evonik’s plant in Hopewell, which makes ingredients for hair and skin care products, laundry detergents, fabric softeners and other products. “One of the best investments a company can make is in education. There is no question about the need for an educated workforce, particularly in today’s economic climate.”

Dr. Brand presented Evonik’s $10,000 donation to Dr. Odom during a ceremony at the Carter G. Woodson Middle School, which was also attended by Barry DuBois, human resources director for Evonik’s North American Consumer Specialties unit and others.

For additional information about Evonik Degussa Corporation, please visit our website: www.evonik.com/north-america.

Company information

Evonik Industries is the creative industrial group from Germany which operates in three business areas: Chemicals, Energy and Real Estate. Evonik is a global leader in specialty chemicals, an expert in power generation from hard coal and renewable energies, and one of the largest private residential real estate companies in Germany. Our strengths are creativity, specialization, continuous self-renewal, and reliability. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In its fiscal year 2008 about 41,000 employees generated sales of about Euro 15.9 billion and an operating profit (EBITDA) of more than Euro 2.2 billion.

Disclaimer

In so far as forecasts or expectations are expressed in this press release or where our statements concern the future, these forecasts, expectations or statements may involve known or unknown risks and uncertainties. Actual results or developments may vary, depending on changes in the operating environment. Neither Evonik Industries AG nor its group companies assume any obligation to update the forecasts, expectations or statements contained in this release.