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Danish company seeks distributors for a solution to cover fluid surfaces and avoid odeurs, algae growth and evaporation

Country of origin:
Country: 
DENMARK
Opportunity:
External Id: 
BODK20190529001
Published
09/08/2019
Last update
12/08/2019
Expiration date
12/08/2020

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Other industrial equipment and machinery
Other Industrial Products (not elsewhere classified)
Water, sewerage, chemical and solid waste treatment plants
Other utilities and related firms
Mixed farming
Water collection, treatment and supply
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Summary

Summary: 
A Danish SME offers hexagon shaped recycled-plastic elements for covering fluid surfaces. The cover acts like a puzzle - once put down on the surface of water, they spread around and float together, covering the surface nearly 100%. The aim is to reduce odour, evaporation, algae and chemical emissions. They can be used in many sectors, such as agriculture, biogas, waste- and recycled water. Distributors and agents are sought in Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

Description

Description: 

This Danish SME was established in 2017 in North Jutland and has the aim of commercialising a new type of design for elements for covering various fluid surfaces/bodies of water like ponds, basins, tanks, reservoirs, containers, lagoons etc. The founder and owner is an agronomist and farmer and has several years of experience in the industry, which subsequently became the reason for the new product to be developed. The co-owner has a professional background in the plastic industry and owns Denmark-based plastic production company that also is the manufacturing site of the hexagon shaped covers/elements.

This solution enables water to be covered, with the purpose protecting the environment and reducing chemical vapours, algae growth, odor and evaporation in general, be it a personal, professional interest or a legal requirement. The covers can be used in a wide range of industries, such as agriculture, biogas, water treatment (both wastewater and recycled water).

The hexagon shaped elements are made of recycled and UV protected polythene (PE) plastic, which makes them extremely durable and environmentally friendly. This solution is suitable for covering any kind of plant and body of water regardless of size and shape. Installation is easy since the elements will just have to be dropped down from the bag in which they are delivered in. After the elements have been dropped onto the water, they will automatically spread and eventually float together to form a complete cover. Small open spots are easily filled afterwards.
Once there is no need to continue with the cover, the elements can be collected from the water surface or from the bottom of an empty basin e.g. by using a net. The covers can re-used on other surfaces after cleaning.

Currently, the company is selling to the agriculture industry in Denmark, Canada, Germany and Poland but they are interested in finding new markets and are looking for agents and/or distributors with contacts in the agricultural sector. While they already have representatives in Germany and Poland (one in each country), they are looking for additional partners for increased sales and ther eis no exclusivity in place yet in eithe country. Of the yet unrepresented countries they are targeting France, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
Produced from recycled PE plastic, the cover is an extremely durable and environmentally friendly solution with a long lifespan of at least 25 years. There are not many alternative options that last as long. Compared to some of the competitors, each of the company’s elements has much stronger edges, which gives it a "puzzle effect" i.e strongly interconnecting the elements to one another and making it difficult for them to be blown away. While some of the competitors only have one ball in the middle for buoyancy, the company’s elements contain air bubbles, giving the whole structure much more buoyancy all over. Compared to similar products which are ball-shaped, the company’s hexagon-shaped elements have the advantage of not turning around. Not revolving prevents the elements from taking dirt into the liquid and again, makes it harder to be blown away, both because of the shape and the weight.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The preferred partners are distributors or agents of slurry systems, biogas, wastewater treatment plants and silo plants, or mixers and who sell to the agricultural sector, or companies operating as consultants within biogas or wastewater treatment plants.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250

Dissemination

Dissemination sector group : 
Dissemination preferred : 
France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain