Tuesday, 24 April 2007

JER Newsletter Highlights New Developments


JER Envirotech's April 24th newsletter contains six new developments of interest. The points show the management team is working hard and gaining traction in multiple marketplaces.

1. JER's PANEL BOARDS UNDER TEST FOR HURRICANE-RESISTANT HOUSING

JER has supplied its Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) panel boards to a US-based specialty housing manufacturer focused on supplying hurricane-resistant housing modules throughout the southeastern region of the United States.

JER's panel boards are being tested on interior walls in homes that are designed to withstand heavy rains and winds of up to 315 miles/hour. The moisture barrier properties of JER's panel boards are a significant advantage for this application.

2. CONTRACT MANUFACTURING OPPORTUNITY WITH LARGE NORTH AMERICAN BUILDING PRODUCT SUPPLIER

JER won a significant competition with a customer which provided a raw organic fibre, thermoplastic material and coupling agent and then contracted JER, and a number of other companies, to produce the wood plastic composite pellets.

The formulation is proprietary to the customer and the final application is confidential. JER was selected as the manufacturer after a full battery of validation and screening procedures, including the supply of an initial 3000 lbs in three different colours.


3. JER'S WPC PELLET MANUFACTURING PROCESS DEEMED WORLD CLASS

A large European supplier of WPC selected JER's process technology as one of the best in the world after conducting a global search for a company that could manufacturer a proprietary WPC pellet for furniture applications. The initial introduction to the European supplier came through Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

4. WPC COMPOUND TRIAL UNDERWAY WITH AUTOMOTIVE INJECTION-MOULDED PARTS SUPPLIER

JER is currently working with a Florida-based manufacturer of automotive injection-moulded parts. The manufacturer is testing the capabilities and possibilities for JER's WPC compound as a means of differentiating itself from competing parts suppliers. The manufacturer is looking at both appearance and non-appearance applications, such as interior door trim, wheel housings and load floors.


5. JER WORKING WITH SPANISH YACHT MANUFACTURER USING WPC PANEL BOARDS AS A SUB DECK.

JER is working on an interesting application for its JERtech panel boards with a Barcelona yacht manufacturer, which is interested in the product's moisture barrier properties.

The manufacturer is currently testing JER's boards as a subsurface for teak deck boards instead of the 3/4" marine-grade plywood it has used to date. The JERtech boards are ideal for the marine environment application because (1) they are resistant to moisture swelling and dry rot damage and (2) they are cheaper than marine-grade plywood.

The manufacturer is currently performing weather testing as well as determining the appropriate thickness for its sub decking application. As JERtech panel board material is also structurally stronger and more rigid than marine-grade plywood, there is a possibility that thinner boards can be used, thereby saving weight and cost. S

6. JER COMPOUND TRIAL UNDERWAY WITH BATHROOM FIXTURE MANUFACTURER

JER is currently working with a Canadian manufacturer on the use of its WPC compounds in a new injection moulding application for bathroom fixtures. The manufacturer is particularly interested in the use of a wood-thermoplastic composite because of its aesthetics - the WPC provides a wood-like appearance but with the advantage of being non-porous, easy to clean and therefore hygienic.

The manufacturer was struggling to develop its own wood-thermoplastic composite using just 5% organic fibre. JER provided an initial 500 lbs of its JERtech WPC pellets with 50% organic fibre for testing and the results have been encouraging. Should the trial prove successful, the potential supply contract would be up to 60,000 lbs per month!