Toronto, Ontario -- Conforce International Inc. and Bayer MaterialScience llc are setting up a strategic partnership to exploit their respective strengths in commercialising Conforce's Eko-Flor, a polymer-based flooring product.
BMS will support Conforce in advanced design and material analysis, help it devise efficient production practices, technical know-how and expertise, and develop a global material supply chain consistent with the projected requirements of Eko-Flor, said a 26 Feb statement from the two companies.
"We see Eko-Flor as one of our key growth projects and are committed to bringing Conforce our technology, expertise and global BaySystems network in order to make the commercialisation of Eko-Flor a success," said Jerry MacCleary, BMS senior vice president, and head of Polyurethanes North America
Eko-Flor cs-4 is a composite polymer- based flooring system for containers, engineered to be a cost-effective and environmentally responsible alternative to tropical hardwood and other wood-based flooring. Recent advances allowed a weight reduction of about 18 percent compared to plywood floors.
BMS will provide support for the polyurethane-based Eko-Flor ms-1 --- a composite panel system designed specifically for use in rapid deployment special application US military containers.
Conforce recently started production of ms-1 to fulfil its first order and according to Joseph DeRose, Conforce vice president of Product Development, this launch was helped by, "a significant contribution" from BMS in "organising equipment design, processing and product-testing resources," to support our technology. The ms-1 has an innovative surface shield developed jointly by Conforce and Bayer.
According to Conforce, key customer evaluations of ms-1 in ocean-going trials for a military marine use will be completed during the third quarter of 2009. If these are successful, it expects to get orders in 2009/10. During the second quarter of 2010, Conforce plans to make Eko-Flor cs-4 at a new facility it will set up in China.
"... Conforce has stretched the manufacturing envelope with this innovation. Eko-Flor is ground-breaking technology" said Harry George, Bayer MaterialScience market unit head, Molded Parts, NAFTA. Meanwhile, Conforce president & ceo Marino Kulas feels that the arrangement with Bayer "better positions us to execute on a global scale. ... [together] we will be able to redefine the future of the container industry."