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Burlington, Ontario, August 22, 2014 – EcoSynthetix Inc. (TSX: ECO), a renewable chemicals company that produces a family of commercially proven bio-based products, responded today to the announcement by FutureMark Paper that it intends to idle its FutureMark Alsip paper mill indefinitely starting in September. This mill represented sales of approximately $2.5 million for EcoSynthetix on a trailing twelve month basis, or 12% of sales. EcoSynthetix has approximately $800,000 of credit exposure with FutureMark Alsip currently and is in contact with the customer regarding collection.
“This is a disappointing setback for our North American sales. It’s clear now that FutureMark was experiencing significant pricing pressure in its markets. FutureMark had consistently increased their substitution rate of our EcoSphere® biolatex® binder as a means of reducing costs while maintaining quality. They saw the value in our sustainable alternative compared to the higher priced petroleum-based binders,” said John van Leeuwen, CEO of EcoSynthetix Inc. “While this news is unfortunate, we remain confident in the value our bio-materials provide customers across multiple markets, from paper and paperboard to building materials like wood composites.”
About EcoSynthetix Inc. (www.ecosynthetix.com)
EcoSynthetix Inc. is a renewable chemicals company specializing in bio-based products that can be used as inputs in industrial manufacturing for a wide range of consumer products. The Company's products offer a reduced carbon footprint and are marketed primarily on the basis of lower cost, stable pricing and equal or superior performance. EcoSynthetix’s lead product, EcoSphere® biolatex® binders, is used commercially by a number of the global top 20 manufacturers in the coated paper and paperboard industry.
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