Start-up is underway at Elkem Solar

The construction project has been completed mechanically, and the start-up programme has been launched. All of the subprocesses are now being run separately as part of the testing programme. Deliveries to customers will be made on an ongoing basis, and one shipment has already been prepared. As the individual subprocesses become stable, the subprocesses will gradually be linked together, and the work to optimise the flow of materials throughout the entire factory will start. Ramp-up of production will proceed throughout 2009 in accordance with the goals communicated earlier.

Orkla ASA,
Oslo, 30 December 2008

Rune Helland, SVP Orkla Investor Relations,
Tel: +47 97 71 32 50