CLEVELAND -- Ferro Corporation's Organic Specialties Group is increasing production capacity for epoxidized soybean oil by 20 percent by year-end 2006. The capacity increase will occur at Ferro's Walton Hills, Ohio, manufacturing facility.

David Ankrett, business director, Flexible PVC and Specialty Applications, noted that the measures to expand capacity demonstrate Ferro's ongoing commitment to providing high-quality products to the vinyl processing industry.

Ferro's Organic Specialties Group is a leading global producer of stabilizers, plasticizers and lubricants for polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyolefins, urethanes, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), polystyrene and rubber products used in a wide variety of markets.

Manufacturing and sales operations are located throughout North America and Europe, with technical support available from laboratories in the U.S., Portugal and Belgium. The Group also includes Ferro's Fine Chemicals business and its pharmaceuticals technology business, Ferro Pfanstiehl Laboratories.

Ferro Corporation is a leading global supplier of technology-based performance materials for manufacturers. Ferro materials enhance the performance of products in a variety of end markets, including electronics, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, building and renovation, appliances, automotive, household furnishings, and industrial products. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, the Company has approximately 6,800 employees globally and reported sales of $1.9 billion in 2005.

SOURCE: Ferro Corp. via Business Wire.