EWI Gains Investment

Investment in EWI's Ellsin brings a commercial microwave pyrolysis plant closer to fruition

Environmental Waste International enters into a $10 Million JV, which will receive a $7 Million investment

EWI Gains Investment in Microwave Pyrolysis

Environmental Waste International Inc. has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Torreco Inc., a private Ontario corporation, whereby Torreco agrees to invest $7 million to convert EWI's pilot plant in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario into the company's first commercial scale recycling plant utilising EWI's patented microwave technology. EWS will retain a 30 per cent ownership interest in the plant and receive a royalty in perpetuity on the revenue generated from the sale of valuable commodities produced from its environmentally friendly tire recycling process.

The investment by Torreco is being made via common share purchases of Ellsin Environmental Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of EWI, which owns the company's waste tyre facility in Sault Ste Marie, including land, building and equipment. The $7 million will be used to expand and modernise the plant utilising EWI's latest technology. In exchange for the investment in Ellsin, Torreco will also be granted the right to build three additional waste tyre facilities in Ontario over the next five years if it meets certain conditions.

Torreco has made an initial share purchase in Ellsin of $400,000 and has committed to invest an additional $6.6 million over the next five months. After investing $7 million, Torreco will own 70 per cent of Ellsin. The construction will require certain regulatory and legal approvals, and there can be no assurances that the entire $7 million will be invested.

Bob MacBean, CEO of EWI said; "Construction of our first commercial plant will be the most significant step in the company's evolution. We expect the ability to demonstrate our technology in a commercial facility to accelerate the company's growth."

Mitch Ouimette, CEO of Torreco said; "Following an exhaustive due diligence process, we believe that the future of waste processing is through advanced and high-tech processing. EWI possesses the level of expertise and innovative technology to be a leader in converting waste to high value post-consumer products. This strategic partnership will strengthen both companies while raising the bar on waste processing."


About the author

Ewan has been editor of Retreading Business since 2006 and of Tyre & Rubber Recycling since the magazine was founded. During this period he has become an expert on the global tyre recycling sector. He has many years' experience as an automotive journalist including a period at Tyres & Accessories.

Email: ewan.scott@tyreandrubberrecycling.com


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