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Emerson Selected By Millennium Chemicals For Global Agreement To Improve Manufacturing Productivity

Millennium will use Emerson's automation consulting, services and
technologies, including scalable PlantWeb(R) architecture, at 15 plants around the world.


AUSTIN, TX (February 11, 2003) - Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business (NYSE:EMR), has entered into a global technical and commercial alliance with Millennium Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:MCH), a major producer of primary and specialty chemicals. The agreement calls for Emerson to deploy its automation technologies and services to improve manufacturing productivity at Millennium sites located across five continents. Millennium's chemicals go into thousands of products - from fragrances to coatings to carpets.

The alliance forms a preferred vendor partnership between Emerson and Millennium to develop and apply best practices for improved productivity and product quality at Millennium plants worldwide - utilizing Emerson's advanced technologies and PlantWeb digital plant architecture. The alliance also has a goal of reducing Millennium's total cost of automation system ownership by 10 percent.

Steven J. Sarnecki, Millennium Global Director of Process Control, said, "To execute our strategic plan, we needed to establish a partnership with a major supplier of process control technologies and expertise. Millennium wanted a partner oriented towards results-driven consulting and supply of complete solutions, large to small. We needed a global agreement based on strong local services to match up with our organization. This is an effort to streamline our technology transformation and improve, even accelerate, value return for Millennium's shareholders."

"In our search for the best partner, we found that Emerson had expanded its offering, while integrating operations for ease of delivering complete customer solutions," continued Sarnecki. "Emerson can address the entire plant, including equipment maintenance and process unit performance. Most important, Emerson experts have shown that they can apply the technology to deliver efficiencies and value."

Engineers from Emerson's chemical industry center have already installed and commissioned equipment, including the Emerson advanced DeltaV(TM) digital automation system, to upgrade production units at Millennium's Jacksonville, Fla., specialty chemicals plant. Additional projects utilizing Emerson's PlantWeb(R) digital plant architecture are anticipated at the Jacksonville
plant, a titanium dioxide plant in Ashtabula, Ohio, and other Millennium manufacturing sites in the U.S., UK, France, Australia, and Brazil. Millennium plans to integrate process and equipment information generated by Emerson's process control technology into its company wide plant information system based on OSISoft's PI, giving managers front-line facts on which to base business decisions. Work also continues with the solutions and services experts of Emerson to optimize utilization of existing plant/process assets.

Bud Keyes, Vice President of Technology and Corporate Development for Emerson Process Management, said, "This partnership with Millennium Chemicals illustrates Emerson's applying of automation solutions devised in conjunction with major companies like Shell and ExxonMobil to the requirements of a medium-sized chemical producer. We are not limited to large projects, and our scalable services and technology can be applied to any process control requirements and delivered anywhere in the world."

About Millennium

Millennium Chemicals (website: www.millenniumchem.com) is a major international chemicals company, with leading market positions in a broad range of commodity, industrial, performance and specialty chemicals.

Millennium is the second-largest producer of TiO2 in the world and a leading producer of titanium tetrachloride, and other products, including zirconia, cadmium/selenium pigments and silica gel; the second-largest producer of acetic acid and vinyl acetate monomer in North America, and through its partnership interest in La Porte Methanol Company, LP, a partner in a leading U.S. producer of methanol; a leading producer of fragrance chemicals; and through its partnership interest in Equistar Chemicals, LP, a partner in the second-largest producer of ethylene, and the third-largest producer of polyethylene in North America and a leading producer of ethylene oxide and its derivatives and high value-added specialty polymers.

About Emerson Process Management

Emerson Process Management (www.emersonprocess.com), an Emerson business, is
a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management, and maintenance services. Its brands include: PlantWeb(R); Fisher(R); Daniel(R); Micro Motion(R); Rosemount(R); DeltaV(TM); Ovation(R); AMS; MDC; and CSI.

About Emerson

St. Louis-based Emerson (www.gotoemerson.com) is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers in process control; electronics and telecommunications; industrial automation; heating, ventilating and air conditioning; and appliance and tools. Sales in fiscal 2002 were $13.8 billion.

PlantWeb, Fisher, Micro Motion, Rosemount, DeltaV and Ovation are marks of Emerson Process Management. Other marks are property of their respective owners.
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