The agreement also provides ECC access to an extensive line of vinyl esters for use in manufacturing flue gas desulfurization infrastructure; water management systems; biofuel production, storage and transport systems; and systems for the petrochemical, mining, and pulp and paper industries both for distribution and internal use. The exclusivity provision does not affect Swancor’s existing supply relationships with certain Asian and European wind energy customers.
ECC CEO, Sam Fairchild, said that the contract represents a critical anchor to ECC’s plan to become a centerpiece to the clean-tech revolution. “From alternative energy to environmental compliance to water management, this product line fits ECC’s business plan to deploy highly-functional, cost-effective composites as an enabler of clean-tech. We are very excited to distribute these epoxy resin systems across the wind energy market, especially given the clear indication that market demand for mega-turbines off the East and West Coasts of the United States as well as in the Great Lakes and the Gulf is only now at the formative stage. Very large towers, monopiles and rotor/blade structures made from composites, including carbon fibers, may be the only real solution to the engineering and environmental challenges presented by offshore wind farms. Coupling this emerging demand with existing requirements for conventional wind systems points to really exciting prospects for ECC.”