NL Industries, Inc. Announces Restoration of Production at Leverkusen, Germany Chloride-Process TiO2 Plant

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from NL Industries, Inc.

    HOUSTON, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- NL Industries, Inc. (NYSE:   NL) announced
 today that production at its Leverkusen, Germany chloride-process titanium
 dioxide plant was restored on April 8th, after 19 days of down time following
 a fire at its Leverkusen sulfate-process plant on March 20.  The Company also
 said that restoration of full production at its sulfate-process plant is now
 anticipated no later than October 2001, with partial production during the
 third quarter possible.  Approximately 20% of the sulfate-process plant's
 production has already been recovered, primarily by utilizing excess calciner
 capacity at the Company's Nordenham, Germany plant.
     NL Industries, Inc. is a major international producer of titanium dioxide
 pigments with an annual production capacity (prior to the Leverkusen incident)
 of 450,000 metric tons.
     The statements in this release relating to matters that are not historical
 facts are forward-looking statements that represent management's beliefs and
 assumptions based on currently available information.  Forward-looking
 statements can be identified by the use of words such as "believes,"
 "intends," "may," "will," "should," "anticipates," "expects," Aestimates,@ or
 comparable terminology or by discussions of strategy or trends.  Although the
 Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking
 statements are reasonable, it cannot give any assurances that these
 expectations will prove to be correct.  Such statements by their nature
 involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the
 cyclicality of the titanium dioxide industry, global economic conditions,
 global productive capacity, customer inventory levels, changes in product
 pricing, changes in product costing, changes in foreign currency exchange
 rates, competitive technology positions, operating interruptions (including,
 but not limited to, labor disputes, leaks, fires, explosions, unscheduled
 downtime and transportation interruptions), recoveries from insurance claims,
 the ultimate resolution of pending or possible future lead pigment litigation
 and legislative developments related to the lead paint litigation, the outcome
 of other litigation, and other risks and uncertainties detailed in the
 Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.  Should one or more of
 these risks materialize (or the consequences of such a development worsen), or
 should the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ
 materially from those forecasted or expected.  The Company assumes no duty to
 update any forward-looking statements.
 
 

SOURCE NL Industries, Inc.
    HOUSTON, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- NL Industries, Inc. (NYSE:   NL) announced
 today that production at its Leverkusen, Germany chloride-process titanium
 dioxide plant was restored on April 8th, after 19 days of down time following
 a fire at its Leverkusen sulfate-process plant on March 20.  The Company also
 said that restoration of full production at its sulfate-process plant is now
 anticipated no later than October 2001, with partial production during the
 third quarter possible.  Approximately 20% of the sulfate-process plant's
 production has already been recovered, primarily by utilizing excess calciner
 capacity at the Company's Nordenham, Germany plant.
     NL Industries, Inc. is a major international producer of titanium dioxide
 pigments with an annual production capacity (prior to the Leverkusen incident)
 of 450,000 metric tons.
     The statements in this release relating to matters that are not historical
 facts are forward-looking statements that represent management's beliefs and
 assumptions based on currently available information.  Forward-looking
 statements can be identified by the use of words such as "believes,"
 "intends," "may," "will," "should," "anticipates," "expects," Aestimates,@ or
 comparable terminology or by discussions of strategy or trends.  Although the
 Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking
 statements are reasonable, it cannot give any assurances that these
 expectations will prove to be correct.  Such statements by their nature
 involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the
 cyclicality of the titanium dioxide industry, global economic conditions,
 global productive capacity, customer inventory levels, changes in product
 pricing, changes in product costing, changes in foreign currency exchange
 rates, competitive technology positions, operating interruptions (including,
 but not limited to, labor disputes, leaks, fires, explosions, unscheduled
 downtime and transportation interruptions), recoveries from insurance claims,
 the ultimate resolution of pending or possible future lead pigment litigation
 and legislative developments related to the lead paint litigation, the outcome
 of other litigation, and other risks and uncertainties detailed in the
 Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.  Should one or more of
 these risks materialize (or the consequences of such a development worsen), or
 should the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ
 materially from those forecasted or expected.  The Company assumes no duty to
 update any forward-looking statements.
 
 SOURCE  NL Industries, Inc.