updated 12/1/2010 10:16:43 AM ET 2010-12-01T15:16:43

NAPERVILLE, Ill., Dec. 1, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nalco (NYSE:NLC), providing essential expertise for water, energy and air, is implementing a price increase to the Paper industry effective Jan. 1, 2011, or as contracts permit. Pricing for most Nalco programs will increase between 5 and 15 percent.

These price increases are driven by increased energy and raw material costs, tightening availability of some raw materials and rising freight costs. Nalco 's Paper Services Account Managers will contact individual customers to discuss these increases.

About Nalco

Nalco is the world's largest sustainability services company focused on industrial water, energy and air applications; delivering significant environmental, social and economic performance benefits to our customers. We help our customers reduce energy, water and other natural resource consumption, enhance air quality, minimize environmental releases and improve productivity and end products while boosting the bottom line. Together our comprehensive solutions contribute to the sustainable development of customer operations. Nalco is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. More than 11,500 Nalco employees operate in 150 countries supported by a comprehensive network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and research centers to serve a broad range of end markets. In 2009, Nalco achieved sales of more than $3.7 billion. For more information visit www.nalco.com.

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