Bringing Biotech to Boats at BIO World Congress

Biofuels & Climate Change

At the 2013 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Montreal next month you’ll be able to see a Campion boat on the exhibit show floor. “What will a boat be doing on the show floor of an industrial biotech conference?” you may ask. Well, this isn’t just any boat. Envirez Chase 650 1 Two companies, Ashland and Campion, have teamed up to build better boats with bio-resins. Ashland is a specialty chemicals company that believes in the power of chemistry to help their customers create innovative better products for today and sustainable solutions for tomorrow. Ashland believes in making everything they touch better whether it’s stronger and safer building materials made with polyester and vinyl ester resins, environmentally friendly thickeners for paints that brighten homes, or one of the many other applications for their specialty chemicals. Campion is Canada’s largest independent boat builder and has been building high-performance sport boats and cruisers for 36 years. Ashland developed Envirez resin – the first resin formulated using a substantial amount of soybean oil and corn-derived ethanol. Back in 2008, they chose Campion to test it culminating in the world’s first bio-based resin boats being built. Customers can now enjoy better environmental performance. According to Ashland, research shows the use of Envirez by Campion will eliminate more than 100,000 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. Now that is industrial biotechnology in action improving the world. Check out the boat for yourself June 16-19, at the Palais des congrès de Montréal at BIO’s World Congress, the world’s largest industrial biotech event for business leaders, investors, and policy makers in biofuels, biobased products and renewable chemicals.

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