Arch Chemicals' Technology Upgrade Will Reduce Operational Costs and Carbon Footprint

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

NORWALK, Conn., April 11, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Arch Chemicals' (NYSE:ARJ) HTH Water Products business will be installing new drying technology at its largest global water sanitizer plant that will reduce operational costs, cut energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions and expand production capacity. Under this two-year project, the Company's plant in Charleston, Tennessee will be upgraded to a more efficient technology for drying slurries of calcium hypochlorite. After this phase of production, the water sanitizing product is transformed into dry tablets, granules and other user-friendly forms for use in swimming pools and spas and other applications.

Luis Fernandez-Moreno, Arch Chemicals' Executive Vice President who oversees the HTH Water Products business, explained that, "This project will strengthen Arch's position as the largest global supplier of calcium hypochlorite water treatment products by enhancing both the efficiency and sustainability of our operations. We have already successfully demonstrated a similar drying technology at our plant in South Africa, and we're excited to be implementing it at our largest global facility in Tennessee."

Michael E. Campbell, Arch's Chairman, President and CEO, commented, "This project exemplifies our approach to sustainability: it both benefits the environment through greater energy efficiency and a reduced carbon footprint, and it makes us a more valuable supplier. In addition, this technology upgrade will lower operating costs in our HTH water products business and is a vital part of the Company's multifaceted margin-improvement plan."

The project will cost an estimated $30 million over several years. Arch expects to realize initial savings from this project starting in 2012 and the full annual benefits of the lower operating costs in 2013. This upgrade will be completed in several phases during the Company's annual maintenance outages in 2011 and 2012. In addition to the Charleston plant in Tennessee, which is the world's largest calcium hypochlorite manufacturing facility, Arch also has calcium hypochlorite plants in Brazil and South Africa.

Beyond being the world's largest supplier of swimming pool and spa treatment chemicals, Arch's Water Products business also supplies feeder equipment and sanitizing chemicals for use in municipal drinking water systems and for treating water used in poultry processing plants, beverage bottle facilities, shrimp farms, and fruit and vegetable processing operations. This business also provides products and services for controlling algae and other nuisance aquatic vegetation in various surface waters, such as drinking water reservoirs, private and public lakes and ponds, golf course water hazards and irrigation systems. 

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 businesses are concentrated 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.

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