Bioamber and Basic Solutions announce next generation bio-based runway de-icers
Dec 18, 2008
PRINCETON, NJ, Dec. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - DNP Green Technology and ARD are pleased to announce that their Bioamber joint venture has entered into an exclusive agreement with Basic Solutions for the development and commercialization of a new generation of bio-based runway de-icers. These innovative de-icers will deliver important performance improvements over existing products, while offering environmentally friendly solutions for airports. The new runway de-icers are designed to: meet SAE G12 AMS certification standards, melt ice and snow down to bare surfaces, reduce aircraft carbon brake corrosion and wiring oxidation, respect ecological standards and be biodegradable, and be cost competitive with the current generation of de-icers. Basic Solutions is an emerging player in the market for runway de-icers and a leader in the formulation and commercialization of natural, ecologically friendly products that offer improved performance. By partnering with Bioamber, Basic Solutions will offer airports deicing solutions that are made from renewable feedstocks and contribute to lowering greenhouse emissions. Bioamber's proprietary technology under license from the US DOE uses fermentation to produce succinic acid through a process that consumes CO(2). Bioamber will dedicate to Basic Solutions a portion of the capacity of its bio-based succinic acid plant currently under construction. By securing this production capacity, Basic Solution expects to address the market shortage that exists for the current generation of deicing products. Basic Solutions plans to begin testing the new de-icer solutions in airports in the 2009-2010 winter season and begin contract selling in the 2010-2011 winter season. "This new generation of runway de-icers will be a significant innovation for the global de-icing industry and position Basic Solutions as a leader in this large market", said Kelvin Williamson, Director, Basic Solutions North America Corp. Dilum Dunuwila, Vice President of Bioamber added: "Our partnership demonstrates that innovative products can be developed that provide superior performance, are cost effective and beneficial to the environment". About DNP Green Technology DNP Green Technology is a private US company dedicated to the development of innovative technologies that use renewable biomass to produce green building blocks for the chemical industry that are cost competitive with fossil fuels. Thanks to its numerous scientific and business partnerships, DNP Green Technology has succeeded in building an extensive portfolio of patents and expertise in the production and purification of bio-based succinic acid and derivative products, as well as their use in various applications. DNP Green Technology has offices in Princeton, N.J., and Montreal, Canada. For more information, please visit www.dnpgreen.com. About ARD ARD (Agro-Industrie Recherches et Développements) is the R&D centre of the Champagne Ardenne agricultural cooperativesthat grow cereals, sugar, and alfalfa. Representative of the global-scale competitive cluster of agricultural industries and resources, ARD adds value to and finds new outlets for agricultural crops and develops innovative and competitive products that use the renewable carbon in plants after processing in a bio-refinery. Along with its affiliate SOLIANCE, which specializes in the production and commercialization of active ingredients for the cosmetics industry, and WHEATOLEO, a joint venture with OLEON in the market for surfactants of vegetable origin, ARD has 25 years of experience in the fractionation of plants, green chemistry, and white biotechnology. ARD and its affiliates have approximately 130 employees. For more information, please visit www.a-r-d.fr. About Bioamber Bioamber is a white biotechnology company dedicated to the production of bio-based succinic acid and derivative products. Bioamber is a joint venture established between DNP Green Technology and ARD. For more information, please visit www.bio-amber.com. About Basic Solutions Basic Solutions is a proven specialist in creating powerful yet eco-friendly chemical products. Basic Solutions is a division of the LNT Group based in Leeds, England. The LNT Group has been listed No. 40 on the Sunday Times Fast Track Company survey. www.fasttrack.co.uk/fasttrack2002/migration/dbIndex.asp?siteID=1&searchName=&y r=2008&sort=num&area1=99 Basic Solutions sells the de-icers of choice for much of England's rail network, where the prevalence of steel and concrete makes it critical that products are non-corrosive. They are also used extensively by local authorities, schools and construction sites through-out the UK. Basic Solutions is also intensifying its efforts to make a difference in airports in North America and Europe. Using a cooperative and constructive approach with airlines, airports, regulators and airframe manufacturers, Basic Solutions is developing innovative chemical formulations. For more information, please visit www.basic-solutions.ca and www.lntgroup.co.uk.
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For further information: Dr. Roger Laurent Bernier, DNP Green Technology, (514) 844-1280, [email protected]; Kelvin Williamson, Basic Solutions North America Corp., (905) 562-0770, [email protected]