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ARCH CHEMICALS TO OFFER POLYCAPROLACTONE AND POLYCARBONATE POLYOLS IN NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA

NORWALK, CT, December 11, 2002  --  Arch Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE: ARJ) has announced a marketing alliance with Daicel Chemical Industries, Inc. under which Arch will market Daicel’s polycaprolactone and polycarbonate polyols in North and South America.  These products will be sold under the Arch trade names of Poly-T and Poly-CD.

“Daicel offers a wide range of high quality polycaprolactone and polycarbonate polyols in other parts of the world, and we are pleased to have created this alliance to service the North and South American markets with these products and technical support,” said Bob Koroshetz, General Manager of Performance Urethanes for Arch Chemicals.  “These products represent yet another important extension to our growing urethanes polyol product line, making Arch an even more valuable partner to our customers.”

Polycaprolactone and polycarbonate polyols are used in high-end coating, adhesive and elastomer applications such as fabric coatings, contact and hot-melt adhesives, microcellular shoe soles and potting compounds.  Product literature and samples may be obtained through Arch’s customer service team at 1-800-636-3786, or through local Arch account managers.

Based in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, Daicel Chemical Industries, Ltd. has annual revenues of $2 billion and its major products include cellulose acetate, acetate tow, acetic acid and its derivatives, caprolactone derivatives and other high-performance chemicals, intermediates for pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals, and inflators for automobile airbag systems.

Headquartered in Norwalk, CT, Arch Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE: ARJ) is a global specialty chemicals company with approximately $1 billion in annual sales, 3,000 employees, and manufacturing facilities in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.  Arch and its subsidiaries have leadership positions in four key business segments  --  Treatment Products, Microelectronic Materials, Performance Products and Other Specialty Products  --  and they serve world leaders in these markets with forward-looking solutions to meet their chemical needs.  The Company’s main Web site is at www.archchemicals.com.