EcoSynthetix, a manufacturer of biobased replacements for petroleum-based chemicals was announced as the recipient of a $750,000 investment by the Michigan state pension fund.
LANSING, Mich. (Business Wire EON) December 9, 2008 -- Invest Michigan!, a program announced by Governor Jennifer Granholm earlier this year, selected EcoSynthetix as one of only two companies to receive capital in its first ever investment in high growth potential businesses in the state.
The $750,000 is part of a $10.5-million round of financing from a variety of private and public investment sources for EcoSynthetix, manufacturer of EcoSphere biolatex™, a biobased coating material used in paper products.
With 19 paper mills in Michigan, over 3.7 million tons of paper are produced here. The industry employs 4800 people, providing economic stability in their communities and representing a considerable tax base for the state. EcoSynthetix is targeting several mills in Michigan for conversion to its biolatex coating process next year.
"One of the reasons for our success is the fact that our new biolatex replaces a large percentage of petroleum-based binder in the paper coating process," states Richard Shatkosky, President of EcoSynthetix. "With the wildly fluctuating price of petroleum products in the market, the paper industry sees EcoSphere biolatex as a way to provide some stability in their production process."
EcoSphere biolatex is a starch based product that is used as a bonding and coating agent on a variety of both glossy and dull finish coated papers. "The product has some great ancillary benefits in paper manufacturing," states John van Leeuwen, C.E.O. of EcoSynthetix. "When we sampled the test runs with graphic designers, they noted that the paper coated with EcoSphere has better stiffness and feel than the same weight pape
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