Chemical marketing firm to distribute Italy-based Polimeri Europa's elastomers, styrenics, polyolefins and intermediates in U.S., Canada, Mexico

HOUSTON , November 20, 2008 (press release) – The Plaza Group, a leading international chemical marketing firm, announced today that it has been selected as a North American distributor of Polimeri Europa's elastomers, styrenics, polyolefins and some intermediates. Distribution in the United States, Canada and Mexico will begin January 1, 2009.

The addition of Polimeri Europa's products - elastomers (BR, SBR, EPR, NBR, TPR, LATEX), styrenics (GPPS, HIPS, ABS, SAN), polyolefins (LDPE, HDPE, LLDPE, EVA) and some intermediates (Mesitylene, Cyclohexanone, Acetophenone) - will complement The Plaza Group's well-established product portfolio of benzene, acetone, methanol and select intermediates and solvents.

"We believe The Plaza Group will provide our customers with the same quality of service and personal attention as Polimeri Europa," said Luigi Guella, Polimeri Europa commercial director. "We will work diligently with The Plaza Group to make the transition as smooth as possible."

Through the partnership, The Plaza Group will have access to Polimeri Europa's technical service and research support, as well as the product and commercial expertise of Polimeri Europa's personnel who have been dedicated to the U.S. rubber and plastics industry for more than 20 years.

Polimeri Europa

Polimeri Europa - a petrochemical company wholly owned and controlled by the Italian energy giant Eni SpA - manages the production and marketing of a wide portfolio of petrochemical products, having the possibility to use a range of proprietary technologies and state-of-the-art production systems, a wide-reaching and efficient distribution network. ?? Polimeri Europa supplies a product portfolio with well-known brands and a highly customized customer service. This strength is enhanced by its constant commitment to quality and a sustainable development for the environment and the community.

The Plaza Group

Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Houston, The Plaza Group is a multi-million dollar international marketing company of refinery and petrochemical products. The company is a marketer of certain chemical products for Frontier Oil, Alon Refining, Georgia Gulf, Total Petrochemicals, Marathon Petrochemicals, Dow Chemical, Sumitomo, PDVSA, Sabic Innovative Plastics, Polimeri Europa, Rhodia, Shell and Flint Hills. For orders call (800) 876-3738 or visit the company's web site at www.theplazagrp.com.

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