updated 4/12/2011 9:16:56 AM ET 2011-04-12T13:16:56

NORWALK, Conn., April 12, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Arch Treatment Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Arch Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:ARJ), and Osmose, Inc., both leading suppliers of wood preservative technologies, announced that they have entered into an agreement whereby Arch Treatment Technologies, Inc. and its affiliates have been granted a worldwide license to practice under certain patents owned by Osmose, Inc. covering the use of  micronized wood preservatives, including the patent that was the subject of a previous dispute between the parties. Terms of the licensing agreement are confidential. 

Micronized wood preservatives are utilized to pressure treat wood products commonly used in decks, fences, landscaping, agricultural, house framing and other general construction uses. Both parties will continue to supply the market with their respective portfolios of preservative products that offer numerous important benefits to consumers, contractors and builders.

About Arch

Headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut (USA), Arch Chemicals, Inc. is a global Biocides company with annual sales of over $1 billion.  Arch and its subsidiaries provide innovative, chemistry-based and related solutions to selectively destroy and control the growth of harmful microbes.  The Company's concentration is in water treatment, hair and skin care products, wood treatment, preservation and protection applications such as for paints and building products, and health and hygiene applications.  Arch Chemicals operates in two segments:  Biocides Products and Performance Products.  Together with its subsidiaries, Arch has approximately 3,000 employees and manufacturing and customer-support facilities in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. For more information, visit the Company's Web site at http://www.archchemicals.com .

Except for historical information contained herein, the information set forth in this communication contains forward-looking statements that are based on management's beliefs, certain assumptions made by management and management's current expectations, outlook, estimates and projections about the markets and economy in which the Company and its various businesses operate. Words such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "forecasts," "intends," "opines," "plans," "predicts," "projects," "should," "targets" and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions ("Future Factors"), which are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes may differ materially from what is expected or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of future events, new information or otherwise. Future Factors which could cause actual outcomes to differ materially from those discussed include but are not limited to: general economic and business and market conditions; no improvement or weakening in U.S., European and Asian economies; increases in interest rates; changes in foreign currencies against the U.S. dollar; customer acceptance of new products; efficacy of new technology; changes in U.S. or foreign laws and regulations; increased competitive and/or customer pressure; loss of key customers; the Company's ability to maintain chemical price increases or achieve targeted price increases; higher-than-expected raw material and energy costs and availability for certain chemical product lines; unexpected changes in the antidumping duties on certain products; increased foreign competition in the calcium hypochlorite markets; inability to obtain transportation for our chemicals; unfavorable court decisions, including unfavorable decisions in appeals of antidumping rulings, arbitration or jury decisions, tax matters or patent matters; the supply/demand balance for the Company's products, including the impact of excess industry capacity; failure to achieve targeted cost-reduction programs; capital expenditures in excess of those scheduled; environmental costs in excess of those projected; the occurrence of unexpected manufacturing interruptions/outages at customer, supplier or Company plants; unfavorable weather conditions for swimming pool use; inability to expand sales in the professional pool dealer market; the impact of global weather changes; changes in the Company's stock price; ability to obtain financing at attractive rates; financial market disruptions that impact our customers or suppliers; gains or losses on derivative instruments; implementation of the Company's R&D consolidation consistent with the Company's expectations;achievement of the Company's multi-faceted margin improvement plan, including technology improvements which result in lower processing, energy and other costs; and unfavorable changes in the regulatory status of the Company's products.

CONTACT: Investor Contact:
         Mark E. Faford
         (203) 229-3820
         
         Press Contact:
         Dale N. Walter
         (203) 229-3033

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