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Gulf Resources Provides 2007 Overview

Published Feb 28th, 2008


NEW YORK and SHANDONG, China, Feb. 28 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gulf Resources, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: GFRE - News), a leading producer of bromine and specialty chemicals in China through its two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Shuoguang City Haoyuan Chemical Company Limited ("SCHC"), and Shouguang Yu Xin Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. ("SYCI"), today provided an operational overview of 2007.
During 2007, Gulf Resources experienced exceptional growth with its bromine products and developed new revenue streams with its entry into the bromine derivatives and specialty chemicals markets. With its rapid growth, Gulf Resources has become China's largest bromine producer, with a market share of approximately 20%. This leading position resulted from the Company's successful implementation of its acquisition strategy coupled with an upgrade of its production facilities that increased production through improved capacity utilization and efficiency.
In the past decade, China's demand for bromine has grown over 200% to approximately 190,000 metric tons in 2007 from approximately 65,000 metric tons in 1997, forcing China to import bromine to meet its increasing domestic demand. Additionally bromine prices doubled to approximately $2,000 per metric ton in 2007 from approximately $940 per metric ton in 1997.
Also notable was a 2006 decree issued by the Chinese government requiring all bromine producers to possess an operating license, of which only six were granted and one of which was issued to Gulf Resources. These events provide the Company with a great opportunity to benefit from its strong market position.
In 2007, Gulf Resources, through its subsidiary SCHC, acquired four unlicensed bromine producers, thereby more than doubling its annual bromine production capacity and greatly expanding its proven and probable reserves. These acquisitions added approximately 15,000 metric tons of annual bromine production capacity and 1 million metric tons of proven and probable reserves. This brought the Company's annual production capacity to approximately 26,700 metric tons with a total of 1.7 million metric tons of proven and probable reserves. Including an acquisition made in January 2008, Gulf's annual production capacity is now 31,400 metric tons with 1.9 million metric tons of proven and probable reserves. The Company also diversified its product offerings by bringing its crude salt production online, with annual production capacity of roughly 140,000 metric tons.
In February 2007, the Company acquired SYCI, a manufacturer of chemical products utilized by customers in the oil and gas distribution, oil field drilling, wastewater processing, and paper manufacturing industries. This follows the Company's acquisition strategy to vertically integrate into the bromine derivatives and specialty chemicals markets. 2007 was a notable year for SYCI as detailed below:
-- In April 2007, SYCI signed a supply agreement with Daqing Oilfield

Company, a subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation that

operates the largest oilfield in China.
SYCI was chosen as a

supplier due to its high quality petrochemical products and its

ability to develop a portfolio of specialized proprietary products.

-- In May 2007, SYCI signed a long term agreement to supply Huaneng

Yimin Power Plant with its proprietary, environmentally friendly

biocide, which is used with power generation equipment and

pipelines. This product, in addition to demonstrating the Company's

commitment to develop environmentally friendly products, has a

lifespan three to four times longer than its generic competition.

-- In September 2007, SYCI founded a state of the art Co-Op Research

and Development Center with East China University of Science &

Technology to focus on developing new bromine-based chemical

compounds and products utilized in the pharmaceutical industry.

All research findings and patents developed by this Center will

belong to Gulf Resources.

-- In September 2007, SYCI signed a letter of intent with Southwest

Synthetic Pharmaceutical Corporation Ltd., one of the largest

developers, manufacturers and exporters of pharmaceuticals in

Western China, to become a supplier of a bromine-based chemical

compound used to produce antibiotic drugs.
This relationship is aimed at leveraging the Company's research and development expertise with its bromine production capabilities to offermcompounds utilized by the pharmaceutical industry.
Corporate governance was a key area of focus of the Company during 2007. Gulf Resources elected two US independent directors to its Board; Mr. Richard E. Khaleel, who most recently served as Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer for The Bank of New York, and Mr. Biagio Vignolo, a partner with Tatum, LLC. These directors were chosen for their extensive experience in corporate governance, M&A, international tax, finance, and SEC reporting. They will also serve on the Company's Audit Committee. Additionally, Mr. Kevin J. McEnery has joined Gulf Resources as its Managing Director - Finance. Mr. McEnery is providing assistance to the Company in regards to its financial, investor and reporting affairs, particularly as they pertain to the US financial markets and accounting requirements. Mr. McEnery is a CPA and he has served as the Chief Financial Officer for both public and private companies with significant international operations.
Commenting on the year, Mr. Ming Yang, Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Resources stated, "I am excited about the success we had during this past year and becoming China's largest bromine producer. We will continue with our strategic plan to acquire other local bromine and bromine-based chemical producers, while increasing output through expansion and improvement of our facilities. We look forward to continued profitable growth in 2008."
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