Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

Henkel signs back-to-back agreement with Akzo Nobel

Important step towards acquisition of National Starch businesses

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Düsseldorf (euro adhoc) - Düsseldorf, August 13, 2007

Important step towards acquisition of National Starch businesses

Henkel signs back-to-back agreement with Akzo Nobel

Following approval of the Shareholders' Committee of  Henkel  KGaA,   Henkel  and Akzo Nobel N.V., Arnhem, The Netherlands, have signed an agreement on a back-to- back transaction on August 13, 2007. Under the terms of this  agreement,  Henkel will acquire the adhesives  and electronic  materials  businesses  of  National Starch and Chemical Company,  Bridgewater,  N.J.,  USA.  National  Starch  is  a subsidiary company of ICI plc,  London,  UK.  The  back-to-back   transaction  is conditional on the takeover of ICI by Akzo  Nobel.   If  this  takeover  will  be accomplished, is still uncertain.

The transaction value of these  businesses  is  2.7  billion  GBP   (close  to  4 billion euros). The National Starch businesses to be acquired realized sales  of about 1.26 billion GBP (about 1.85 billion euros) in 2006.

For more than 130 years, Henkel has been a leader with brands  and   technologies that make people's lives easier, better and more beautiful. Henkel  operates  in three business areas - Home Care, Personal Care, and  Adhesives  Technologies  - and ranks among the   Fortune  Global  500  companies.  In  fiscal  2006,  Henkel generated sales of 12.740 billion euros and operating profit  of  1,298   million euros. Our 52,000 employees worldwide are dedicated to fulfilling our  corporate claim, "A Brand like a Friend," and   ensuring  that  people  in  more  than  125 countries can trust in brands and technologies from Henkel.

This document  contains  forward-looking  statements  which  are   based  on  the current estimates and assumptions made by the   corporate  management  of  Henkel KGaA. Forward-looking statements are characterized by the use of words  such  as expect, intend, plan, predict, assume, believe, estimate, anticipate, etc.  Such statements are not to be understood  as  in  any  way  guaranteeing  that  those expectations will turn out to be accurate. Future performance  and   the  results actually achieved by Henkel KGaA  and  its  affiliated   companies  depend  on  a number of risks and uncertainties and may therefore differ materially  from  the forward-looking statements. Many of these factors are outside  Henkel's  control and cannot be accurately estimated in  advance,  such  as  the  future  economic environment  and  the  actions  of  competitors  and  others   involved  in    the marketplace. Henkel neither plans nor undertakes to update  any  forward-looking statements.

Under the provisions of Rule 8.3 of the Takeover Code (the "Code"), if any person is, or becomes, "interested" (directly or indirectly) in one per cent or more of any class of "relevant securities" of ICI, all "dealings" in any "relevant securities" of that company (including by means of an option in respect of, or a derivative referenced to, any such "relevant securities") must be publicly disclosed by no later than 3.30 p.m. (London time) on the London business day following the date of the relevant transaction. This requirement will continue until the date on which the offer becomes, or is declared, unconditional as to acceptances, lapses or is otherwise withdrawn or on which the "offer period" otherwise ends.   If two or more persons act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or informal, to acquire an "interest" in "relevant securities" of ICI, they will be deemed to be a single person for the purposes of Rule 8.3 of the Code. Under the provisions of Rule 8.1 of the Code, all "dealings" in "relevant securities" of ICI by Akzo Nobel or ICI, or by any of their respective "associates", must be disclosed by no later than 12.00 noon (London time) on the London business day following the date of the relevant transaction. A disclosure table, giving details of the companies in whose "relevant securities" "dealings" should be disclosed, and the number of such securities in issue, can be found on the Takeover Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk. "Interests in securities" arise, in summary, when a person has long economic exposure, whether conditional or absolute, to changes in the price of securities.  In particular, a person will be treated as having an "interest" by virtue of the ownership or control of securities, or by virtue of any option in respect of, or derivative referenced to, securities. Terms in quotation marks are defined in the Code, which can also be found on the Takeover Panel's website. If you are in any doubt as to whether or not you are required to disclose a "dealing" under Rule 8 of the Code, you should consult the Panel.

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