Jordan Bromine Company Expands Bromine Capacity

By Albemarle Corporation, PRNE
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, March 3, 2011 - Albemarle Corporation (NYSE: ALB), a global leader in the development,
manufacture and marketing of bromine, bromine derivatives and other specialty
chemicals, announced today that Jordan Bromine Company (JBC), its joint
venture located on the Dead Sea in Safi, Jordan, will double the capacity of
its bromine production in order to meet expanding global customer
requirements. The company will also increase the capacity of bromine
derivatives and size of its bromine ISO tank fleet. Expansion is expected to
begin by mid-year with initial bromine production capacity projected to come
online in 2012 to align with market needs.

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"This significant increase in bromine capacity is needed to meet growing
global demand for our bromine and bromine derivatives," commented Mark Rohr,
Chairman and CEO of Albemarle. "The investment further strengthens JBC's
position as the world's low-cost bromine producer and allows us to continue
providing our customers around the world with quality products that drive
value in their processes."

Jordan Bromine Company is a joint venture between Arab Potash Company and
Albemarle Holding Company, Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Albemarle
Corporation. "This significant capital expansion of JBC's production
facilities demonstrates the confidence of Arab Potash Company and Albemarle
in JBC's operational capabilities and their commitment to JBC maintaining its
position as a leader in the global bromine market," said Dr. Nabih Salameh,
Chairman of Arab Potash Company's board of directors.

The partners commenced construction of the existing facilities in 2001,
and operations began in early 2003. JBC has enjoyed steady and consistent
growth through the years.

"We are well pleased with this announced expansion," said Dr. Hani
El-Mulki, Jordan Minister of Trade and Industry. "An existing multi-national
business reinvesting and doubling capacity in such short time, to further
grow its business and profits, sends a strong signal of Jordan's powerful
economic potential. New capital programs mean more jobs and more prosperity
for the region."

About Albemarle

Albemarle Corporation, headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a
leading global developer, manufacturer, and marketer of highly-engineered
specialty chemicals for consumer electronics, petroleum refining, utilities,
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protection, food-safety and custom chemistry services. The Company is
committed to global sustainability and is advancing its eco-practices and
solutions in its three business segments, Polymer Solutions, Catalysts and
Fine Chemistry. Corporate Responsibility Magazine selected Albemarle to its
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