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US firm signs global blowing agent deals

By David Reed, UT EditorHouston, Texas-Foam Supplies, Inc., the St Louis, Missouri-based independent systems house, has expanded the geographic reach of its environmentally benign blowing agent system, tradenamed ecomate, by the appointment of BOC Ltd in the UK as sole agent for the UK and Ireland.This is the second such international licensing deal struck by FSI in recent weeks, following hot on the heels of a similar deal with Purcom Quimica Ltd of Sao Paulo, Brazil in September. The BOC deal was officially signed at the Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry Polyurethanes 2005 trade fair and conference, held 16-19 Oct. in Houston. It gives the UK firm rights to sell the technology, based on methyl formate, for a minimum of 10 years, according to a joint statement issued by the firms.The Purcom deal gave the Brazilian firm sole distributor rights for the country, again for at least 10 years, FSI and Purcom’s statement indicated.FSI describes the ecomate blowing agent system as fully compliant with Montreal and Kyoto Protocols, as it is non-ozone-depleting, non-global warming; it is also not classed under North American VOC (volatile organic compound regulations), the firm adds.”

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