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Prime Minister Harper Tours EcoSynthetix Centre of Innovation
December 2, 2011
BURLINGTON, ON, Dec. 2, 2011 /CNW/ – EcoSynthetix Inc. (TSX: ECO), a renewable chemicals company that produces a family of commercially proven bio-based products, today announced that The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, spent this morning touring the Company's Burlington, Ontario, Centre of Innovation. EcoSynthetix established its headquarters in Burlington in 2010 and recently commissioned a pilot scale production line at this location, which is being used for research and development purposes to support new product development.
"The synthetic polymer market consumes 15-20% of global oil production annually in order to manufacture a range of products we use every day, such as coated paper and personal care products," said John van Leeuwen, Chairman and CEO of EcoSynthetix. "We are leading the move away from expensive, volatile petroleum-based polymers toward our cost effective, bio-based products. We are honoured that the Prime Minister would take the time to tour our facility and are pleased to see that innovation is a priority for the government."
Petroleum-based polymers are used in products that consumers encounter every day such as paper, paints and textiles. EcoSynthetix's proprietary EcoSphere® Biolatex® polymers are currently used primarily in the coated paper and paperboard markets to substitute for petroleum-based polymers in binding applications. These bio-based materials represent the first disruptive technology to be introduced to the synthetic polymer market in decades. EcoSynthetix's polymers are lower cost than petroleum-based alternatives, while offering significant environmental advantages. Four of the top 20 players in the coated paper and paperboard industries are customers and ten of the top 20 are conducting trials with the Company's product right now.
In August 2011, EcoSynthetix completed an IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) that raised over $100 million, primarily to finance additional production capacity as well as research and development efforts. The Company's current production capacity is 155 million pounds, which will be expanded to 235 million pounds by the end of the year.
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.
Forward Looking Statements
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Image with caption: "Left to Right – John van Leeuwen (Chairman and CEO of EcoSynthetix), Stephen Harper (Prime Minister), Mike Wallace (MP for Burlington) (CNW Group/EcoSynthetix Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111202_C3549_PHOTO_EN_7810.jpg
Image with caption: "Stephen Harper (Prime Minister), John van Leeuwen (Chairman and CEO of EcoSynthetix), Mike Wallace (MP for Burlington) (CNW Group/EcoSynthetix Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111202_C3549_PHOTO_EN_7809.jpg
Audio with caption: "Prime Minister Harper Tours EcoSynthetix Centre of Innovation". Audio available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2011/12/02/20111202_C3549_AUDIO_EN_7801.mp3
Source: Canada Newswire (December 2, 2011 – 1:30 PM EST)
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