Australia's WTS Pty. Ltd. to distribute Eka Chemicals line

Water Treatment Services (Aust) Pty Ltd. (WTS) of Australia has signed an exclusive agreement to license and distribute Eka Chemicals' patented and EPA/NSF-registered Purate® and SVP-Pure® chlorine dioxide generation systems in Australia...

Aug 16th, 2004

Marietta, GA, Aug. 12, 2004 -- Water Treatment Services (Aust) Pty Ltd. (WTS) of Australia has signed an exclusive agreement to license and distribute Eka Chemicals' patented and EPA/NSF-registered Purate® and SVP-Pure® chlorine dioxide generation systems in Australia.

"We are very excited to be able to offer our Australian customers Eka Chemicals' chlorine dioxide technology for water treatment," said WTS Director, John O'Rourke. "Purate technology strengthens our product portfolio by providing a cost effective and leading-edge technology for the production of chlorine dioxide."

The SVP-Pure chlorine dioxide generator utilizes Purate, a proprietary blend of sodium chlorate and hydrogen peroxide, to generate chlorine dioxide at rates from 1 to 100+ kilograms per hour. Chlorine dioxide produced by Purate is used as a biocide for water treatment and as a specialty oxidant in applications such as odor control, iron and manganese oxidation, phenol destruction, and sulfite control.

"We are extremely pleased to add WTS as one of our licensed distributors for our Purate and SVP-Pure products," said Patrick Bryant, General Manager of Eka Chemicals Purate business. "This new agreement with WTS follows our strategy of partnering with water treatment providers offering customers the best overall solution for any size application. Our Purate technology offers a low-cost and efficient path for the generation chlorine dioxide and our SVP-Pure generators are given high marks by our customers for their reliable, safe and simple operation."

The U.S. arm of Eka Chemicals AB (a subsidiary of Akzo Nobel), of Sweden, Eka Chemicals Inc. is based in Marietta, GA, with nine manufacturing plants across the country. In addition to bleaching and water treatment chemicals, Eka Chemicals markets specialty products. According to Hoovers, Eka announced in late 2003 it would restructure its North American business; it closed down one plant and ramped up production at two others.

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