Armed with only an expired passport and cross-country skis, Boris Miksic made a daring escape from his homeland, Croatia, in early 1974.
Miksic, who joined fellow college students in anti-communist protests against Yugoslavia, the ruling republic over Croatia, skied his way to freedom in Austria. The biggest delay: avoiding landmines. Once in Austria, Miksic reunited with his then-pregnant wife, Olga, who also fled Croatia. The couple sold their car for $400 in Austria, money they used for one-way plane tickets to the United States. They had $37 left after paying for the tickets.
Those were the early days of what has since become a 40-year business odyssey that’s taken Miksic from New York to Minnesota to Manatee County. There was also the stop along the way to run for president for Croatia.
“Boris has always had a determination to control his own destiny,” says Eric Haugen, a Minneapolis patent attorney who has worked with Miksic for years. “There is a sprit in him that led him to come to America, and he’s never laid back and become comfortable, despite his successes.”
The heart of the Miksic business story is Cortec Corp., which manufactures and supplies corrosion protection chemicals for a variety of construction-related and industrial businesses. Miksic founded Cortec in his garage in St. Paul, Minn., in 1977. It has since grown to eight locations worldwide, from Canada to Brazil, with around 300 employees and more than $100 million in sales. Miksic won an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in Minnesota in 2000 for Cortec’s growth.
Even with that success, Miksic, 65, isn’t ready to coast into retirement. Instead, he will spend at least $10 million to open the Cortec Biotechnology Campus in a Manatee County industrial park, a few miles north of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.
The facility, in a 33,335-square-foot building, will be a manufacturing plant for some of the firm’s patented products. It will also be a distribution center, Miksic says, for Cortec clients in the Southeast U.S. and the Caribbean. Miksic expects to hire at least 50 people, a mix of engineers, chemists and IT personnel, to staff the facility. He projects it will open early next year after a test phase later this year.
We are happy to inform you that from now on EcoCortec will be warehousing standard VpCI-146 roll stock 91cm x 183m, 122cm x 183m, 100cm x 183m and 120cm x 183m, as well as several sheeting sizes: 1200x800mm, 800x600mm, 1170x750mm, 910x500mm, 300x400mm, 300x180mm and 100x800mm. Now you can combine shipments of VpCI films, bags, paper, foam, chemicals, etc. on the same transport which will make your business easier and more economical.
Cortec VpCI-146 paper can be used to protect products for storage and shipment in a wide variety of ways: single item packaging or interleaving, end closures for shipping tubes, insert strips for recessed areas in large packages, and as sheet liners or separators between products.
As you know our EcoCortec team is here to help you increase your profits and respond to any request. This new stocking advancement is another step in improving our services and more importantly boosting your sales!
New EcoShield® Environmentally Friendly Moisture Barrier Paper
- Complete Replacement for PE and Wax Coated Papers!
Cortec® presents patented EcoShield® Paper and Linerboard – a premium paper in the industry
made from the highest quality recycled paper. This innovative, safe, and economical packaging
product is coated with a water based barrier coating and is fully recyclable/repulpable while
displaying barrier properties better than those of wax or polyethylene coated paper or linerboards.
Contrary to other barrier packaging products EcoShield® Paper can readily be recycled into other
types of paper products such as boxes, cardboard, and other corrugated materials as well as
"repulped": made into or mixed with pulp to make new paper products. There is no need for
costly processes to separate the paper base from the coating. This environmentally safe product
also shows excellent oil and grease resistance perfectly combining moisture barrier properties and
oil and grease resistivity into one step.
In addition to being safe to the environment, EcoShield® is in compliance with FDA regulations under 21 code of Federal Regulations for food contact. It can be used in applications where direct or indirect food contact may occur. In manufacturing process there is no chlorine or other bleaching chemicals which completely eliminates package contamination found with other papers on the market.
Developed in Cortec® laboratories utilizing high-tech, patented, recyclable, and repulpable technology, EcoShield® Paper also displays a greatly reduced Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate (MVTR). In other words, it has a MVTR value similar to poly-coated papers and superior to waxed papers while still being biobased, economical, and environmentally friendly.
"Lady Bavarkica" Bentley Raced LeMans Race Like There's No Tomorrow!
Boris Miksic owner of EcoCortec d.o.o. has been invited by Bentley Motors to the inaugural event "Back to LeMans, Back to Racing". Over the history of the 24 hours of LeMans, Bentley motorcars won this endurance race more times than any other brand. Recently Ines Miksic took the delivery of her Bentley Continental GTC Speed Convertible at Bentley of Munich dealership as a birthday gift. The car was commissioned by Bentley Motors as "Lady Bavarkica" in honor of her Bavarian heritage and her husband ordered her car in Neptune blue color symbolizing the legendary blue color of Bavarian skies (and her eyes).
Due to traffic congestion around Mulsanne Ines and I lost connection with the Bentley convoy as we were approaching the race track. All of a sudden we were surrounded with a bunch of race cars mostly Ferraris, Lamborghinis and occasional Ford GT and MacLaren. The noise around was so intense as the drivers in their helmets were revving up their engines, so we could not ask where were the rest of the Bentleys. Our GTC Speed was the only Bentley in the crowd of racers that were way too serious for this event and there was no shortage of adrenaline. Once the gate to the track opened the hell broke loose as those "maniacs" catapulted as this was a real 24 hours of LeMans race. All of a sudden my adrenaline kicked in so I decided to put our 635 horses to work tuta forca! MacLaren next to us worth several million euros was quite annoying with high pitch sound of its racing engine so I decided to show him how GTC can "kick but".
There was a chaos around us with crazy Ferraris, Lotuses, Porches racing like there's no tomorrow. As it was raining quite heavily, I decided to use the power of W12 in straight stretches and inside track in sharp curves as our GTC was much heavier than MacLaren. At one point during second circle a black Porche catapulted out of nowhere between us probably topping over 250 km/h while we were pacing at 220. I thought for a second the Porsche driver was a bit out of control but my eyes were on MacLaren trying to keep pace with the legendary race car.
EcoCortec®'s Success in Marine Clean Project! EcoOcean™ -Latest Technology in Preventing Marine Litter
We are proud to announce that Croatian plant, EcoCortec®, the most advanced manufacturer of biodegradable packaging in Europe played a major role in international 1,1 million Euros worth Marine Clean Project -'Marine debris removal preventing further litter entry', sponsored by CIP Eco-Innovation Program. Main goal of this important innovative project is preventing hazardous environmental impact of conventional plastic materials discarded at sea, as well as promoting sustainability and innovative technologies.
The project Marine Clean deals with decreasing marine litter – dangerous ecological problem that is growing rapidly. The great majority of marine litter (more than 90%) consists of plastics, which has become one of the biggest contaminants in the world's oceans. As most types of plastics are not biodegradable, plastic debris poses a serious threat to various living species, boats and coasts.
EcoCortec® is participating in "Marine Clean" as a production partner for flexible packaging. In the framework of this project EcoCortec® introduced revolutionary EcoOcean™ material: film and bags constructed from the latest biobased polymer technology on the market, PHA. They are developed completely with the environment in mind and contain 77% of biobased content.
EcoOcean™ is fully marine biodegradable and will biodegrade by anaerobic digestion in marine, natural soil and water environments, backyard composting systems and municipal composting facilities. It is is heat and moisture resistant making it ideal for compostable bags and many flexible film packaging applications.
Some of the targeted markets for marine degradable packaging are: cruise lines, hotels and resorts in coastal areas of Europe as well as ecologically sensitive regions along rivers and lakes.
Important aspect of the whole project is to influence change of policies within EU, in order to minimize pollution and develop new technological platform for the next generation of environmentally friendly products and practices, that can be implemented in all countries of European Union.
Hurricanes are the synonym of destruction. The protection of infrastructure and personal assets against these massive storms, have called for increased utilization of corrosion inhibitor packaging protection to neutralize the damaging effects of saltwater, humidity, and debris hurled through the air. In 2004, after 3 major hurricanes struck the coasts of Florida, Cortec's
MilCorr® VpCI® Shrink Film demonstrated outstanding resistance to the power of the storms. Cortec's MilCorr® VpCI® Shrink Film helps to greatly preserve surfaces against the most powerful elements of nature by providing non- toxic, environmentally friendly protection with corrosion inhibitors that can replace conventional rust preventatives such as oils and desiccants, offering an alternative to wooden crating, aluminum foils, and vacuum packaging. MilCorr® VpCI® Shrink Film is a heavy duty film featuring Cortec® multi-metal Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitors (VpCI®) which provides top-notch universal protection to maintain the integrity of the film itself as well as the parts packaged within.
Cortec Corporation Moves Part of its Organization to Manatee County
MANATEE -- A Croatian businessman known for a nearly successful run for the presidency of his home nation has purchased a Parkland Center industrial building and is bringing part of his Minnesota-based chemical manufacturing business to Manatee County.
Boris Miksic, the chairman, president and CEO of anti-corrosion product manufacturer Cortec Corporation, purchased a 32,553-square foot building at 2420 Trailmate Drive for $1.4 million on May 15. The seller was 2420 Trailmate LLC, a company managed by Palmetto real estate investor Peter VanDerNoord.
Miksic said he plans to make the building a future site of a Cortec biotechnology campus. The campus will employ at least 50 people after it opens this August. Currently, more than 200 people work for Cortec in the United States and Croatia.
A U.S. resident since fleeing Yugoslavia in the early 1970s, Miksic has worked in the chemical engineering field for most of his career. According to his website, borismiksic.net, he settled in Minnesota and founded his own technology company, Cortec.
He sold that company to Sealed Air Corporation in 1984, but got it back in a leveraged buyout in 1988.
"Four years later, I had the sense to buy it back," Miksic said.
Cortec's annual revenues exceed $100 million, he said.
Cortec Corporation manufactures and sells a line of corrosion inhibitors and other chemicals used in industries, including packaging, metal working and construction. Miksic said the Manatee County Cortec campus will house an office, a manufacturing facility, a warehouse and two laboratories for biotechnology and marine corrosion research.
Cortec® Leaps Into The Future With The Addition Of Cortec® Biotechnology Campus In Florida!
With the completion of its latest acquisition, Cortec® Biotechnology Campus, Cortec® Corporation and its subsidiaries are the world's largest producer of VCI, Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI®), and Migratory Corrosion Inhibitor (MCI®). This new Campus at 2420 Trailmate Drive, Sarasota, Florida USA, is located in the modern industrial park of Parkland Centre near the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. It is the most state-of-the-art research facility, with 36,000 square feet (3,600 square meters) of office, manufacturing, warehouse, and two laboratory areas under one roof.
Cortec® Biotechnology Campus will be equipped with cutting edge equipment for the manufacturing of Cortec's Nano-VpCI® coatings and Bionetix's bioremediation and cleaning products.
Part of the warehouse will be designated for warehousing and shipping of Cortec® products that are deemed "freezable" and cannot be shipped out of our Minnesota or Wisconsin plants during the winter months. With operations in over 100 countries on 5 continents we know our warm climate partners will be very happy about this. This complex will also house two modern laboratories for biotechnology and marine corrosion research as well as sales and customer support offices for the Southeastern US, Caribbean, and Central and South Americas.
EcoCortec - Part of CROPAK Ten-Year Retrospective Exhibition!
EcoCortec®, the first Croatian bioplastics plant, is a part of CROPAK ten-year retrospective exhibition, "Why is CROPAK a good sign". The goal of this exhibition is to promote quality and innovative packaging designs interacting with equally high quality products as well as
to bring CROPAK closer to consumers emphasising the importance of this competition for the Croatian market.
The exhibition has shown all previous winners of CROPAK prize, among them EcoCortec® as one of the first recipients of this prestigious award!
The Croatian prize for the best packaging material - CROPAK was founded in 2004. Organized by the Institute for Packaging and Graphic Arts Industry, "Packaging, Graphic Arts Industry" trade journal and Tectus d.o.o. CROPAK 2006 awards and diplomas for best packaging in Croatia were awarded in 5
categories on May 18th 2006 at "Plitvice Lakes" National Park.
The ECOCROPAK category focuses on ecological packaging, machine or equipment for waste packaging management and a project for packaging and waste packaging management. EcoCortec® was one of 37 nominated in five different categories and was awarded the CROPAK 2006 “Eco Packaging” Award for its innovative biodegradable EcoWork® bags & films and the CROPAK 2006 “A Project for Packaging & Waste Packaging Management” Award for its EcoCortec® plant in Beli Manastir, Croatia.
CROPAK award was designed with the aim of promoting the importance and benefits of packaging, emphasising packaging as an important factor in promotion and identification of the product.
It’s goal is also to motivate producers and consumers to expand technical, technological and qualitative
limits when creating and manufacturing a packaging product, an inseparable part of the product itself.
This latest Cortec® brochure highlights our Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI®) Shrink Films; the most advanced corrosion inhibiting shrink films available on the market today! Cortec® films are trusted globally for transit and equipment preservation. This brochure outlines Cortec’s heavy duty shrink films that are coextruded on highly specialized, computer controlled equipment; and formulated from a unique blend of state-of-the-art polyethylene resins which features Cortec’s VpCI® and provides a top-notch universal multi-metal protection system.
Cortec® VpCI® shrink films offer an economical alternative to wooden crating, aluminum foils, vacuum packaging, and desiccants. Protective packaging is a significant consideration when you're dealing with shrink film, and Cortec’s shrink films offer you everything you've
been looking for:
• Fully recyclable
• Improved stability
• Superior strength and stretch characteristics
• Are cost-effective
• Tamper resistance
• More efficient handling and storage
• Dust and moisture protection
Fire retardant Milcorr® Shrink Film is the only shrink film currently on the market that offers 5 years outdoor protection against corrosion, UV rays, wind, sand,
rain, snow, and ice.
Cortec® VpCI® shrink films conform to military specification MIL-B-22019D, NACE Standards RP0487-2000, and TMO-2008.
You can find out more information on film features, qualities, and characteristics in this brochure at the link below.
Congratulations Boris Miksic, Member #157330, on forty years of membership with NACE!
It was January 1, 1974 that Mr. Boris Miksic joined NACE, the world's largest Corrosion Society with over 30,000 members from all over the world. During his forty years, Boris has contributed to the organization in many ways including attending all NACE National meetings since 1975, exhibiting on behalf of Cortec Corporation at all NACE Expo's since 1976, along with attending many regional meetings and conferences including India, Middle East, Australia, China, LatinCorr, and the European Corrosion Conference and Expo. He has made many friends along the way such as Robert Legault,Professor Bavarian, Harry Byers, John Trim, Roger Staehle, Terry May, Ernie Kletchka, Hartley Duncan and Pete Rossy
During his 40 years as a NACE member, Mr. Miksic has built one of the largest privately held corrosion protection companies in the world, Cortec® Corporation. Without a single dollar from outside investment, Cortec® has grown into four plants in the United States, one in Canada, and one in Europe, with operations in 96 countries. He holds 43 US and foreign patents in the field of corrosion protection, which have been developed into the most advanced line of corrosion inhibitors, consisting of over 500 chemical products and systems. Boris has had 150 Publications in international technical magazines and seminars and has been compiling for years, the definitive manual, "Preservation, Lay-up, and Mothballing Handbook" for Equipment and Plants, in its 3rd edition, which is now over 971 pages.
NACE has recognized Boris throughout the past for his dedication and service to the field of corrosion protection. He has been commended with the following NACE awards: NACE Fellow (2000), NACE International Distinguished Organization Award and the NACE International Frank Newman Speller Award for contributions to the practice of corrosion engineering both at CORROSION/2004, and the Readers' Choice Award, Materials Performance Magazine (NACE), 2013.
Boris has had an impact on the corrosion control culture by serving as the Chairman of NACE Symposia on Volatile Corrosion Inhibitors (VCI's) 1976, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1994 and 1997; Chairman of NACE Task Groups T-3A-4, T-3A-12, and T-5J-2; and Officer of the Twin City Chapter of NACE (1985/1986). As a contributor to the NACE Handbook on Corrosion Inhibitors (1989), with initiated efforts sponsored by Unit Committee T-3A, which resulted in consensus approval of NACE RP0487-
2000 a Recommended Practice: "Considerations in the Selection and Evaluation of Rust Preventives and Vapor Corrosion Inhibitors for Interim (Temporary) Corrosion Protection". He has had 14 papers presented at NACE technical and research symposia's, 9 papers published in Materials Performance Magazine, and 1 paper published in Corrosion Magazine. He has been the invited lecturer to many NACE Chapters: Twin Cities (4), Greater Boston MA (3), LatinCorr (3), International Chinese Anti- Corrosion Conference (3), Chicago IL (2), Lafayette LA, Ponca City OK, Corpus Christi and Beaumont TX, Detroit MI, Northern Indiana, Dammam Saudi Arabia, North Central Regional Ines and Boris receiving the 2013 Reader's Choice Award, Materials Performance Magazine. Meetings in Minneapolis MN and Columbus OH, the Australian Corrosion Society Sydney, Technology Institute Moscow, JETRO Tokyo, and the NACE India Section Mumbai.
Cortec®'s VpCI® Inhibitors – Great Success at University of Zagreb-Corrosion Seminar!
The seminar ”Corrosion Inhibitor in Engineering Structures Protection“ was held at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, Croatia September 27, 2013.
The seminar was attended by 60 engineers, technicians, production managers and other professionals dealing with the maintenance and protection of metal structures against corrosion. Attendees had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about the most modern methods of corrosion protection in various aggressive environments.
Among the technologies of corrosion protection a significant place belongs to the application of corrosion inhibitors. The goal of the seminar was to educate engineers in Croatia about the premium inhibitors in the industry. The technology behind inhibitors and the advantages of their use is still insufficiently known in Croatia and as a result this subject initiated great interest among industry experts.
Seminar attendees had a chance to attend different sessions held by top professionals in the field in Croatia coming from scientific institutions and industry. After an introductory speech by Ph.D Vinko Simunovic, several presentations followed, covering the area of volatile corrosion inhibitors and emphasizing VpCI® Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor Technology, the best technology on the market.
Managing director of EcoCortec®, Ivana Radić Boršić, presented VpCI® technology and demonstrated the use of new generation corrosion inhibitors for different industries. She also gave an overview of Cortec's range of products and presented EcoCortec® first Croatian plant of bioplastics. Unlike traditional hazardous products, Cortec®’s inhibitors are characterized by their high biobased content, sustainability, and high performance. The successful presentation was followed by numerous questions and interesting discussion.
Premium Corrosion Protection Paper in the Industry –
Safe, Economical and Super-Effective!
Utilising high-tech, patented, recyclable and repulpable technology, Cortec® has produced a multimetal corrosion protection paper, VpCI®-144, powered by Nano VpCI®, the premium moisture barrier corrosion inhibiting paper in the industry.
VpCI®-144 is a environmentally safe replacement for polyethylene and wax papers, with water vapor barrier properties that are comparable to polyethylene coated paper. It is suitable for use with food processing equipment components not in direct contact with food, as recommended by FDA. This paper perfectly combines corrosion protection, moisture barrier properties, oil and grease resistivity into one step.
Cortec's VpCI®-144 is simple to use and made from the highest quality recycled neutral/natural kraft paper and is coated with a water-based barrier coating. In manufacturing process there is no chlorine or other bleaching chemicals. This completely eliminates package contamination found with other VCI/VPI papers on the market.
Historically, polyethylene and wax coatings have been used to seal porous paper to provide a moisture barrier and/or moisture-vapor barrier. When coated this way the resulting paper product is an environmental problem and cannot be recycled through normal channels.
Cortec VpCI®-144 paper provides superior corrosion protection for both ferrous and non-ferrous metals, which eliminates the need to inventory a variety of papers for all the different types of metal you need to protect.
Cortec VpCI®-144 is non-toxic, non-irritating, nitrite and amine free and fully recyclable/repulpable. It does not contain any silicones, chromates, other heavy metals or toxic products. That means it can be recycled into other types of paper products such as boxes, cardboard, and other corrugated materials. It can also be “repulped”: made into or mixed with pulp to make new paper products.
Parts protected with Cortec® VpCI-144 can be painted, welded, and soldered. The thin protective film doesn’t influence physical properties of most sensitive electrical and electronic components, including conductivity and resistivity.
The paper base stock for the VCI/VPI coatings is produced with closely packed cellulose fibers which form a relatively non-permeable sheet. This attribute produces a uniform coating, as well as prevents the coating from striking through the paper. Protective film does not need to be removed prior to further surface finishing or coating application.
Cortec VpCI®-144 paper can be used to protect products for storage and shipment in a wide variety of ways: end closures for shipping tubes, insert strips for recessed areas in large packages, and as sheet liners or separators between products
Typical applications are: metal producing, metal forging and die casting, metalworking, finished products, electrical and electronic components, controls, etc
VpCI®-144 conforms to Military specifications MIL-P-3420E, NACE Standards TM0208-2008 and RP0487-2000, TAPPI Useful Method 253 and is RoHS compliant.
The most advanced European manufacturer of
films and bags is doubling its capacities
EcoCortec®, the most advanced manufacturer of films and bags in Europe, is very proud to announce the phase three expansion of its Beli Manastir, Croatia plant. This expansion will double our manufacturing and warehousing capacities with this 3,000,000 euro investment. The new production hall will contain three new high-tech extrusion lines, confectioning line of VpCI® papers, and warehouse for various Cortec® products.
EcoCortec® specializes in manufacturing Cortec® Corporation’s innovative Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI®) films and offers customers complete converting, extruding, and printing capabilities. We manufacture films and bags according to customer specifications in terms of product size and performance, and are very flexible when it comes to order sizes and meeting special customer requests. Our products are tested in Cortec's ISO/IEC-17025 accredited laboratory.
The plant is located on a 10,000 square meters site which places this facility in an excellent geo-strategic location of Central Eastern Europe. This new expansion, with new state of the art equipment, is a confirmation of EcoCortec's leadership in the field of biodegradable films manufacturing in Europe; and proof that our innovative ideas, quality products, and professional team obtain excellent results and growth even in the times of economic crises.
The continuous expansion of production and procurement of new equipment is never really finished. By strengthening the plant’s position in the market, new requirements for equipment are growing every day. For this reason we are continuously widening our capacities.
The new production hall will also warehouse Bionetix products. Bionetix International; headquartered in Montreal, Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cortec® Corporation in the business of manufacturing microbial based bio products. It is comprised of solid, proprietary technologies to produce biological waste treatment products that are used in thousands of applications and various industries throughout the world. With this new expansion our plant has absolutely no relevant competitor in Europe.
The EcoCortec® team was happy to participate at the first annual company picnic on Saturday, July 13 . The picnic took place next to the EcoCortec® plant in the idyllic atmosphere of Baranja. Our team gathered with their families and dogs for a wonderful time enjoying the local food specialties of the Baranja region and chatting on a sunny day. Since the domestic Croatian music was playing in the background some singing was done as well!
After the meal games were held, employees competed in Tug of War and Archery while the kids were playing and jumping in the castle bounce house. Then the most fun and long awaited moment moment arrived, when EcoCortec® director Ivana Radić Boršić announced the name of our Employee of the Year. We are proud that this year's winner is our production employee Boris Bošnjak. Many thanks to Boris for his hard and devoted work and we wish him to keep it up. For others, more luck next year!
Our President/CEO, Boris Mikšić and his wife Ines sent everyone good wishes, thanked them for their good work and wished them the best time.
Later the families of EcoCortec® team members were taken on a tour of the plant and shown the Production Area, Office and our Lab. For the kids an especially fun part was when our lab technician Snjeza performed some experiments for them.
The great atmosphere continued until the late afternoon and everybody is already looking forward to repeating it next year!
Cor-Pak® Stretch Film from EcoCortec® - New Formulation that will Conquer European Market !
We are proudly announcing that our long awaited, new improved formulation of Cor-Pak® machine grade and hand wrap stretch film has been successfully extruded in EcoCortec® plant, Croatia, using new construction, based on high-tech resins.
Today when Croatia is entering European Union, at EcoCortec® we are happy to offer this newly reformulated Cor-Pak® VpCI® Stretch Film to our distributors. Cor-Pak® VpCI® Stretch Film provides more efficient and cost effective corrosion protection solution for primary packaging and unitization. It is the only product in the world that offers both vapor phase and contact protection to multi metals!
Advantages and benefits of this film are so numerous that it simply MUST become a bestseller and help regain VpCI® Stretch Film business that was lost in the past. This improved film will help our distributors grow their market shares significantly, especially in the steel business throughout Europe.
With help from our young and energetic EcoCortec® staff - sales of our packaging products in Europe are set to rise and we are calling upon our distributors and reps to take full advantage of this undeniably excellent new packaging solution immediately and regain old as well as conquer new packaging markets.
Having a manufacturing plant in Europe gives huge, undeniable advantages like control over quality, price, and timely delivery. Our team is here to help you increase your profits and place this new film on the market. EcoCortec® in Beli Manastir, Croatia, is ideally situated to provide for all your sales needs. With new reformulated Cor-Pak® VpCI® Stretch Film our plant has absolutely no relevant competitor in Europe!
Cortec® Receives The Materials Performance Reader's Choice Innovation of the Year Award!
Cortec® is the recipient of a 2013 MP Readers' Choice Innovation of the Year Award for our PTC Emitters. The award recognizes Cortec's development of this innovative, environmentally friendly, corrosion-inhibiting product. Boris Miksic, President/CEO of Cortec®, was presented the trophy during the NACE CORROSION 2013 Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida on March 18th. This recognition will also be announced in the April issue of Materials Performance Magazine. MP Readers' Choice Innovation of the Year Award winners are determined by the number of votes received from readers of MP Magazine who vote online for their favorite innovation. Cortec® wishes to thank everyone who voted for our invention.
Beautiful Severn Bridge in Wales, England (pictured left) is a cable stay bridge maintained by the UK Highways Agency. The suspension cables on this type of bridge are known to corrode over a long period of time. World-renowned bridge design engineering firm Mott MacDonald has specified PTC Emitters for this project because of their effectiveness, ease of application, and low overall cost of corrosion protection.
Cortec® has been engaged in the development of corrosion control products and systems since 1977. PTC Emitters are one of over four hundred effective rust prevention products that Cortec® makes to serve the Construction, Packaging, Petrochemical, Electronic/Electrical, Metal Working, Automotive, Marine, and many more industries.
Cortec® Cor-Pak® VpCI® Stretch Film Keeps Unruly
Shipments Under Wraps!
Cortec's newly reformulated Cor-Pak®VpCI® Stretch Film provides a more
efficient and cost effective corrosion protection solution for primary packaging and unitization. This stretch wrap, produced by Cortec® Corporation and EcoCortec® (a European Subsidiary of Cortec®Corporation), is the only product in the world that offers both vapor phase and
contact protection to carbon and galvanized steels, aluminum, copper, brass, zinc, and other metals. This fully recyclable film delivers added
puncture resistance and load holding, allowing users to down-gauge while still containing aggressive loads and producing a better package at reduced costs.
Protective packaging is important when you're dealing with stretch film and making sure containers stay on the pallet is paramount to quality control during shipping and warehouse distribution. Stretch wrapping is the most cost-effective way to keep loads secured and Cortec's
Cor-Pak® VpCI® Stretch Film offers you everything you've been looking for in a corrosion protection and pallet wrap product rolled into one. This Cortec® product gives you improved handling stability when forming a unit load while also providing tamper resistance, more efficient storage, and dust and moisture protection.
New, Revolutionary VCI/VpCI® Vapor Detection Test Kit™,Patent Pending
Cortec® Corporation's VCI/VpCI® Vapor
Detection Test Kit™ presents a simple way to
provide chemical analysis of the Vapor phase
Corrosion Inhibitor (VCI/VpCI®) that you use in
reducing the impact of your corrosion-related
Sophisticated corrosion inhibitor test methods,
typically designed to reproduce the most extreme
conditions in a system, have been employed to test
inhibitor capabilities in elaborate laboratory
apparatus, yet not many easy to use test methods
are offered for testing of corrosion prevention
However, correlation of laboratory and fieldtesting
are now possible from Cortec's
Laboratories. The VCI/VpCI® Vapor
Detection Test Kit™ is specifically developed
for detecting the presence of VCI/VpCI®
inhibitors emitted from various corrosion
inhibiting products: paper, foam, powders,
oil- and water- based rust preventative,
water-treatment products, etc.
The kit contains enough strips and solution for 50 testings. It comes with a one liter jar with lid,
VCI/VpCI® Test Strips, VCI/VpCI® Test Solution, and a test specimen. To use the kit, place the
test specimen in the jar, dip a VCI/VpCI® test strip into the VCI/VpCI® test solution, attach the
top of the strip to the inside of the jar lid and immediately screw the lid on tight. Leave the test
setup sit until the color changes from blue to pink. Approximate time frames for test completion
under room temperature are listed in Table 1. To accelerate the test, setup may be placed in a
Bio-Based-Multimetal Protection in a
Simple Economical Application!
Cortec®’s VpCI®-148 paper is a new, environmentally friendly, grease resistant, corrosion inhibiting paper, comprised of biobased materials. In addition to its excellent corrosion inhibiting properties, VpCI®-148 also provides strong resistance to greases, oils, and solvents. Cortec® Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitors (VpCI®) - fight corrosion at the molecular level and provide protection with corrosion inhibiting vapors that condense onto the surface of the products and form a thin, uniform, economical, and extremely effective corrosion inhibiting layer.
Unlike wax or polycoated papers, which contribute to environmental problems, this paper contains a biobased coating and is fully recyclable and repulpable. VpCI®-148 paper is made from highest quality natural Kraft paper, produced in Cortec’s state-of-the-art coating plant under controlled conditions, with full time quality control and research ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory. The product is also fluorochemical free, making it much safer alternative to traditional grease resistant papers. VpCI®-148 grease resistance, as tested according to TAPPI T-454 and UM 557 is the same or better than for commercial polycoated papers.
VpCI®-148 eliminates the need to inventory a variety of papers for each of the metals you need to protect as well as prevents package contamination by utilizing only the highest quality materials. It is very simple to use: there are no chemical concentrations to calculate or application systems to maintain and your products can be used immediately – no surface preparation or cleaning is required.
VpCI®-148 paper protects ferrous and non-ferrous metals, dry or oiled, such as carbon, stainless and galvanized steel, cast iron, copper, solder, aluminum alloys and brass.
Typical applications are protection of products for storage and shipment that require lubrication (such as bearing and metal parts) in a variety of ways:
• Single item packaging or interleaving
• Sheet liners or separators between products
• Metalworking: stamping, sheet metal work, springs, bearings, fasteners, tube, pipe, ect
Record Visit and Record Fun at European Sales Meeting in Croatia!
Beautiful Croatia has once again proven that a small country can produce big fun! The EcoCortec team was happy and honored to welcome the record breaking number of attendees to this year's European Sales Meeting. Seventy guests operating in fifty seven countries throughout Europe, China and the Middle East came to Croatia's capital, Zagreb.
On October 10 the meeting started at the five star Hotel Westin with a welcoming cocktail reception. We gathered with our colleagues, happy to see our long standing friends again and to meet some new associates.
The next day the meeting kicked off with a short film showing the biography of Boris Miksic, Cortec's President and CEO. This year being Cortec's 35th anniversary, Boris Miksic remembered in his presentation, Cortec's journey throughout the years from its humble beginnings to becoming a global leader in corrosion protection. Educational presentations and sessions were featured by Cortec/EcoCortec team members and our distributors, highlighting Cortec's products, technologies, the latest developments, and successes.
Our attendees were also taken on a tour of Zagreb's two renown and best equipped technical universities, with whom EcoCortec has been cooperating successfully for years. The first excursion was to the Civil Engineering Faculty and its laboratory, where the presentation on Migratory Corrosion Inhibitors (MCI) was held. Then, a visit to the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, followed by a lecture on “VpCI’s in the Metal Working Industry. “
This special day ended in best way possible - at a birthday celebration for our president/CEO Boris Miksic, at Šestinski Lagvić, Zagreb's famous restaurant serving exceptional traditional Croatian cuisine and live music. It's hard to describe the atmosphere, but the fact that singing and dancing went on long into the night says it all!
On October 12th all the participants were taken to Beli Manastir where a tour of the EcoCortec facility was conducted and wrap up sessions and distributor presentations were held at Patria hotel. Both Cortec and EcoCortec presented awards for best European sales, fiscal year 2011/2012. The winners were Corpac, Germany, for Cortec and Tribotec, Sweden, for EcoCortec. Once again, congratulations to the winners and keep up the good work!
The festivities ended with a party at restaurant Josic, featuring local specialties from the Baranja region. Tamburitza band once again managed to keep everyone up and dancing to the Croatian local songs, Russian Kalinka, and many others. One of the most fun moments was a surprise when Ines' "Third Wife" brand of organic, genuine peach schnapps, produced at Boris and Ines' Peach Hill Farm, was given to all the attendees.
Such a good time will be hard to repeat but we will have the chance at the next EU Sales Meeting!
In 2011 after 135 missions and 30 years of service, NASA retired its space shuttle fleet. Endeavour, launched on 25 missions and flew 122.8 million miles (197 million kilometers), is the last space shuttle to go to its final landing. It will now be permanently displayed in its new museum home at the California Science Center, Los Angeles. Cortec® has been right there helping the U.S. Space Shuttle Program protect Endeavour and the other shuttles from corrosion with VpCI®–101, 105, & 111 Emitters, VpCI®-368, VpCI®-238, and VpCI®-126 Film. For deep storage applications MilCorr® and CorrLam® were also used.
The agency retired the fleet last summer to spend more time and money developing new vehicles and rockets for deep-space exploration to reach destinations like Mars. The Shuttle Program may now be history but the future of the U.S. Space Program is right before us and Cortec® is blasting off with it!
Like "Blue Ocean Strategy" (W. Chan Kim & Renée Mauborgne) as space gets crowded, and prospects for growth are reduced NASA is ready to leave the Red Ocean (earth orbit) behind and is starting into the Blue Universe (Deep Space) – the unknown, defined by untapped space, knowledge, and the opportunity for growth. Cortec® will be present, as NASA creates the future of space exploration, with our tried and true corrosion control products. And, Cortec® will continue developing new, cutting edge, and innovative products to offer as technology advances farther into the cosmos.
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Cortec's VpCI-125 featured in Packaging Digest Magazine!
VpCI 125 is a static-dissipative film designed to prevent to prevent corrosion and ESD damage, making it suitable for packaging electronics and components. The non-toxic film combines advanced plastic technology with corrosion protection of sensitive electronics equipment and components made of various metals. The company produces the material in one U.S. plant and one European location to serve electronics packaging companies across the globe. [READ MORE]
Visit EcoCortec® at FachPack and Learn About
New Revolutionary EcoOceanTM Technology!
EcoCortec® is very happy to be exhibiting at FachPack (Hall 5/Stand 5-350) - one of the leading trade shows in Europe dealing with packaging. Trade show will be held at Exhibition Centre, Nürnberg, Germany, 25 - 27 September 2012, with around 1,400 exhibitors and more than 35,000 visitors from packaging, technology, processing and logistics segments expected.
Numerous issues, such as saving space, energy and material are current concern of the packaging industry. Market is craving for environmentally friendly innovations such as biodegradable and anaerobic digestion materials, considering that waterways all over the world are vastly polluted by plastic being discarded at sea. Because of the growing pollution and plastic debris in the oceans and fresh water, plastic bag and film usage is becoming legislation-restricted and there is a growing demand for a durable film materials that are also marine biodegradable.
Marlin Darlin, a rare fish and a symbol of the Blue Oceans. Boris Miksic, CEO of Cortec has been trying to catch it for 15 years! Since half the world’s catch of this rare fish takes place in the Hawaiian archipelago, he decided to try there again. After picking the lucky boat in Honokohau Marina, Boris and his crew tried their luck and sailed off. At one moment big swordfish jumped several meters high into the air. After fighting the fish for some time like in Hemingway's novel, Boris managed to catch it. It’s hard to describe the feeling when returning back to the marina flying the blue flag with a swordfish aboard. Other boats had red or green flags, but Marlin was the king! The fish was donated to the homeless and the memories and the sword flew back to Croatia with the “lucky four”.
EcoCortec®, has responded first in the world to these challenges and market requirements by launching EcoOceanTM technology that will revolutionize the use of flexible packaging in coastal areas of the world! This technology will be demonstrated at FachPack 2012 trade show at our booth. EcoOceanTM bags are the only bioplastic on the market that offers users the combination of environmental and performance benefits previously unattainable—flexibility and strength; commercial and low-temperature backyard compostability. . [READ MORE]
Cortec's Journey - From the Garage to A World Leader! Our 35th Anniversary
"Have you ever told yourself that one day you would tell off your boss and start from the beginning, building your own dream? Boris Miksic is one of the relative few who made that dream come true for him when he quit his job and that same year started his own company." - Dan Heilman, Twin Cities Business Magazine, January 2012.
He moved to United States from his native Croatia in 1974. – a result he says of being blacklisted from finding work as an engineer due to his participation in anti-Communist rallies. He wound up in Minnesota. After some time in and out of the corporate world, Miksic decided to launch his own business, starting at ground zero. [READ MORE]
The will to win, desire to succeed, and urge to reach full potential… these are the keys that are unlocking all doors for our European Sales Team!
With help from our young and energetic EcoCortec® staff - sales of packaging and corrosion control products in Europe are set to rise; will you be the one to achieve the highest goal this year?
Having a manufacturing plant in Europe gives huge, undeniable advantages like control over quality, price, and timely delivery. Our team is here to help you increase your profits and respond to virtually any request. EcoCortec® in Beli Manastir, Croatia, is ideally situated to provide all your sales needs. With the most sophisticated equipment, reliable customer service and 20% yearly sales increase, this plant has no relevant competitor in Europe! The only European competitors to sales of similar products do not manufacture their own goods, they are just brokers.
At EcoCortec®, we are especially proud of our products being recognized and chosen among competition by European Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation. The plant manufactures first marine degradable film in Europe - Eco Ocean, as a part of EU-financed, 1,1 million EUR worth, multinational project "Marine Clean". This latest success is just another confirmation of unmatched quality of EcoCortec's solutions on the market.
Cortec's ISO/IEC-17025 accredited Laboratory has done extensive research on competitive film products and has reported these findings in reports which are available for your use on the Cortec website under "Cortec vs. Competition".
Here are just a few reports to get you started on your sales strategy:
Cortec v Metpro
03-046 Evaluating HDPE Packaging Film Containing Metpro Masterbatch
07-37 Evaluating Met Pro VCI-new formulation
12-079 Preliminary Report: Comparing MetPro VCI Films to VpCI-126
Cortec v Excor
04-089 Evaluating Excor and Brangs and Heinrich films, for Corrosion Inhibition
06-082 Evaluating ExCorr Film
07-288 Evaluation of Excor's Flame Retardant Film
Cortec v Grofit
02-195 Evaluation of Packaging Film Labeled as VCI 2000 Anti Stat Film Produced by Grofit
12-018 Evaluation of Grofit's VCI-2000 Film
05-050 Evaluating Construction of Grofit film
Cortec v ProPack
02-253 Evaluating ProPack VCI film
10-092 Evaluation of Film Submitted by Customer
Whether you sell Cortec packaging, coatings, additives, water treatment, or powder products, analyze which emerging markets are rising to increase your share of sales. Don't use the cautious approach, exceeded expectations. Overachieving is no guarantee of success, but not trying is a handicap.
There is a great European Sales Team in place to help you with your ideas and give you direction. As you aggressively drive up your market share, use their help for your research and planning to capture your target markets. Aim for those new and lost markets to push your profits up and achieve growth by mapping out a distinct business model. Reinvent your sales delivery and let your customers know all the benefits of purchasing Cortec products.
Use global market research companies such as The Freedonia Group or Markets and Markets (M&M) to obtain a reliable assessment of an industry, market forecasts, industry trends, threats and opportunities, competitive strategies, market share determinations and company profiles.
Use everything that is going for you, and that is plenty, and remember either you run the day or the day runs you!
9:00 European Overview and Awards Presentation- Dario Dell'Orto and Ivana Radic Borsic
9:30 Market Share, Competition, and Excellence in Customer Service- Vanessa Thompson
10:00 New Products Review- Rita Kharshan
10:30 Coffee break
10:45 How to Grow Sales and Make $$$ Selling Bionetix- Mario Albano
11:15 Review of Cortec Advertising Europe – Ana Juraga
11:30 Activites of CorteCros with Special Emphasis of Selling to Military and Oil and Gas Industry-Ivan Rogan
12:00 Overview of Southeastern Europe Market Activities with Special Emphasis of Corrtainer and Packaging Products- Blazenko Maric
14:00 Prof. Dubravka Bjegovic - Presentation on MCI's and Tour of the Laboratory- Civil Engineering University
16:00 Prof. Ivan Juraga, Dean - Presentation on Corrosion Protection with VpCI's in Metalworking Industry at the Materials Protection Laboratory of Mechanical Engineering University of Zagreb with Tour of Laboratory
17:30 Return to the Westin
19:00 Welcome, Birthday Party, and Dinner with Live Music at national restaurant Lagvic
Friday - October 12th
8:00 Bus Leaves From Westin Hotel-Zagreb for Beli Manastir
11:30 Tour of EcoCortec Facility
12:30 Lunch at EcoCortec
14:00 Reception by Mayor of Beli Manastir – Mr. Ivan Dobos at the City Hall
15:30 Return to Hotel Patria
15:45 Wrap Up Session and Distributor Presentations at Hotel Patria
16:30 Presentation of Awards EcoCortec's Best Sellers- Ivana Radic Borsic and Dijana Zrinski
18:00 Reception at the Peachill Eco Farm
19:00 Dinner and Live Music at Josic Restaurant Featuring Local Specialties from Baranja Region
Cortec EcoWorks AD: Biobased Film That’s Environmentally Friendly From Beginning To End
July 27, 2012
Cortec® Corporation, a global leader in eco-friendly materials protection technologies, introduces EcoWorks® AD, biobased film and bags for the compost and anaerobic digestion markets. After years of development by Cortec's extrusion plants in Cambridge, MN and Beli Manastir, Croatia, EcoWorks® AD offers a combination of environmental and performance advantages that other films have yet to provide; heat, moisture, and chemical resistant. Cortec® EcoWorks® AD bags are constructed from the latest biobased polymer containing 77% biobased content and are designed to biodegrade in anaerobic digestion, natural soil,marine or water environments, backyard composting systems, and municipal composting facilities. In anaerobic digestion (AD) the film breaks down in as little as 15 days. To learn more click here.
EcoCortec® is proud to support a new innovative project initiated by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture University of Zagreb, one of the oldest and largest among related faculties in the region. Ever since its first courses were taught at the Royal School of Engineering in 1919, the Faculty has excelled in creating successful synthesis of general and specialized knowledge and expertise. It is also among first Faculties in the region that was homologated under Bologna Convention. University of Zagreb, as Croatia's largest University is country's innovation center where new ideas and technological solutions are being created. In July of 2012 a new system of waste management was introduced. To learn more click here.
Biobased Rust Preventative for
Precision Machined Metallic Surfaces!
July 12, 2012
VpCI®-325 is a safe, convenient, environmentally friendly and ready-to-use liquid, based on a vegetable derived, biodegradable oil. It is used for general purpose corrosion protection in a wide variety of applications. VpCI®-325 works as an excellent lubricant and performs effectively even under the adverse condition of 100% relative humidity and in the presence of such corrosive elements as chlorides, hydrogen sulfide and other sulfur compounds.
The Croatian Army was looking for solutions to remedy corrosion problems out in the field. These problems were hindering immediate combat readiness. Their tanks were especially affected by the corrosion in several areas throughout the country.VpCI®-325 was used to protect all shafts bearings, machined surfaces and other unpainted internal surfaces. Cortec® has been used by the Croatian Military for several corrosion solutions with proven success in 9 of the world's 13 climate zones present in Croatia.Cortec® also supplied step by step application instruction and laboratory technical assistance to the application team which insures proper product application and warranty validation.VpCI's give militaries world wide effective corrosion protection with immediate combat readiness.
This innovative product forms a film on the metal surface and protects in two ways: first, oil-soluble safe corrosion inhibitors offer a tenacious film which clings to metal surfaces. In addition to this filming barrier, Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitors are released into the air above the oil. These vapors condense and form a protective barrier on surfaces not contacted by the liquid product. The combined action provides complete protection for internal system parts. VpCI®-325 also provides dependable and complete water displacement from the metal surface to prevent corrosion.
VpCI®-325 can be used to protect sheet metals, wire, pipes, flanges and other fabricated and/or machined parts, guns and a host of other products. It is excellent for; maintenance, lubrication, temporary storage, small or complex metal parts, home repairs of squeaky items and many more. Rust preventative will provide universal corrosion protection up to 24 months for ferrous metals, galvanized steel, aluminum, brass, copper, babbitt, zinc, cadmium and silver. It loosens frozen and rusted metal parts, making them easy to remove. The product conforms to military specification MIL-C-81309E, NACE Standard 0487-2000 and is RoHS compliant.
Environmentally Friendly Corrosion Inhibitor for Salt Water and Brines!
July 9, 2012
VpCI®-645 is a non-toxic, bio-based, biodegradable, concentrated formulation that protects ferrous and non-ferrous metals from corrosive solutions containing chlorides. It is designed to provide the most effective three phase corrosion protection in fresh water, salt water, brine, and other highly corrosive solutions containing dissolved halogens. VpCI®-645 provides long term effectiveness in a low dosage. It is used as a treatment for a wide variety of marine and process applications to stop aggressive corrosion. [read more]
Cortec®'s VpCI®-149 is a new and unique corrosion inhibiting paper for the protection of a wide variety of metals. This environmentally safe, non-toxic paper is formulated for extra protection of sensitive metals such as copper, aluminum and cast iron, providing a superior level of VpCI® protection compared to other VCI papers. Manufactured using a natural kraft paper, the coating provides a very soft and conformable feel to the paper, making it easy to use when individually wrapping parts. The strong vapor phase protection makes it a great product for interleaving and protecting void spaces.
Since it is not a saturated paper, VpCI®-149 will not tear like many other VCI papers. It is made from the highest quality neutral natural kraft paper, without the use of chlorine or other chemical bleaching, which eliminates package contamination. This fully recyclable and repulpable paper does not contain nitrites, phosphates, silicones, chromates, or other heavy metals. VpCI®-149 is easy to use, there are no chemical concentrations to calculate, no chemical tanks or application systems to maintain. Just wrap your products in the paper, and fold edges together. The VpCI® coating on the paper vaporizes, reaching all metal surfaces to provide complete corrosion protection.
VpCI®-149 can be used for a variety of applications like protection of products for storage and shipment in several ways: the 149 Kraft wrap for single item packaging or interleaving, end closures for shipping tubes, insert strips for recessed areas in large packages and as sheet liners or separators between products. Other typical applications include: metal producing, metal forging and die casting; raw and machined forgings and castings, metalworking such as; stamping, sheet metal work, springs, bearings, fasteners, tube, pipe, nails ect. It can be used for finished products; engines, machinery, equipment, tools, hardware, appliances, instruments, motors as well as for electrical and electronic components.
VpCI®149 protects ferrous and non-ferrous metals, it is very effective against aggressive environments including humidity, SO2, H2S, and galvanic corrosion from dissimilar metals. Protective layer does not need to be removed prior to further surface finishing or coating application. Product conforms to military specifications MIL-P-3420E, NACE Standard RP 0484-2000 and is RoHS compliant.
Industrial Equipment News Magazine's (IEN) Most Popular Blog:Cortec and Grafem Ink Development and Supply Contract
June 29, 2012
St. Paul, MN (July 6, 2012) – Grafem, a family owned corrugated paper packaging company based in Maribor, Slovenia, has received a supply contract for development and production of CorrTainer, a Cortec Corp. product.
The non-toxic, recyclable, and repulpable CorrTainer is a coated and moisture resistant Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI) barrier. The CorrTainer deal was a deal between Grafem and EcoCortec, a Cortec business unit that manufactures biodegradable films and bags in Central and Eastern Europe.
Future Projects Possible
"CorrTainer saves a lot of precious time and manpower, no prior preparation or secondary packaging is needed, and more importantly, it is low in cost, which makes it an ideal packaging choice for our customers," Jozef Cvetko, Grafem CEO, said. "We are thrilled that our cooperation with Cortec has resulted with this remarkable product and hope that its good market acceptance will be encouragement for future projects between the two companies."
In 2011, Grafem moved into a new facility and increased its manufacturing capacity. The company's laboratory is designed specifically for quality testing of CorrTainer. www.grafem.si/eng_index.html
Cortec Corp. produces corrosion control technologies for packaging, metalworking, construction, electronics, water treatment, oil & gas, and other industries. It manufactures more than 400 products distributed worldwide. www.cortecvci.com
Cortec's Licensee, Grafem d.o.o., Receives a Supply
Contract for CorrTainer®!
May 22, 2012
We are proud to inform you that the Grafem company, from Maribor, Slovenia has received a supply contract that enables development and production of one of the most economical packaging solutions on the market – CorrTainer® - a brand new Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI®) barrier coated moisture resistant container, all in one box! It is non-toxic, fully recyclable, and repulpable. The CorrTainer® contract is a product of successful cooperation between EcoCortec® and Grafem.
This cooperation started three years ago when EcoCortec® recognized a quality business partner in Grafem, targeting the market of Central and Eastern Europe. Grafem, a well organized family owned company, manufactures high quality products such as CorrTainer® and is successfully placing it on the market in cooperation with Cortec’s European distributors and business partners that have been developed over the last 30 years.
“CorrTainer® saves a lot of precious time and manpower, no prior preparation or secondary packaging is needed; and more importantly it is low in cost, which makes it an ideal packaging choice for our customers. We are thrilled that our cooperation with Cortec® has resulted with this remarkable product and hope that its good market acceptance will be encouragement for future projects between the two companies” said Mr. Jozef Cvetko, CEO of Grafem d.o.o.
In 2011, Grafem moved into a new facility and increased their manufacturing capacity. Their state of the art laboratory is designed specifically for quality testing of CorrTainer®. One of the first customers for CorrTainer® is a major supplier of oil field equipment from Romania that buys the product from Cortec's longtime partner and distributor Cortrom, Romania.
Marine debris and pollution is an ecological problem with significant implications for the earth’s coastal ecosystems. There is a vital need to manage the issue through involvement and education. Boris Miksic, President/CEO of Cortec® Corporation and his crew Bavarkica (Ines Miksic) and Munchkin will be setting off on the adventure of a lifetime to educate both themselves and us as they set sail in search of marine debris and pollution on their research vessel "By Golly". As they travel, the goal is to monitor the amounts of marine debris, highlight the main sources, and what impact it has on the environment, animals, and population. ...[read more]
Marine Clean presented in Croatian Chamber of Commerce!
April 25th, 2012
The conference entitled "European Marine Clean Project - a successful cooperation between industry and university institutions" organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, and EcoCortec® - was held on Wednesday, April 18th in the Hall of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. A number of experts from companies, industrial facilities, universities, environmental agencies, and funding organizations gathered to learn more about the newest trends, innovations, and achievements in the field of bioplastics, while also sharing their own experiences. ...[read more]
Marine Clean meeting Beli Manastir
April 19 & 20, 2012
April 23, 2012
On April 19th, EcoCortec d.o.o., one of the most advanced manufacturers of biodegradable packaging in Europe, welcomed an international consortium of representatives of the Marine Clean project. Marine Clean -'Marine debris removal preventing further litter entry', sponsored by CIP Eco-Innovation Program, is being conducted by European Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation, EACI. The goal of CIP Eco program is to prevent or reduce hazardous environmental impact, as well as promote sustainability and innovative technologies. This project includes 8 partners from Croatia, Slovenia and Lithuania. It is being conducted through seven different work packages that are coordinated by the Slovenian company, Turna. Two days of meetings covered progress reports on work that has been carried out in the first six months of the project. Plans for future work also have been set.
After the official program, the first day of meetings a visit to the EcoCortec plant was organized. Boris Miksic owner and the President of the Board welcomed our guests and then presented biodegradable film production capabilities and EcoCortec's world-class laboratory. The evening ended in the famous Josic ethnic restaurant with live tamburitza music.
We were happy to receive a warm invitation from the Mayor of City of Beli Manastir, Mr. Ivan Doboš, who welcomed us at his offices on April 20th. Valuable information on the investment opportunities in the business zone of Beli Manastir were exchanged. The importance of the development of new technologies, and possibilities of contributing to economy growth, specifically in countries like Croatia, were discussed. The meeting coincided with The Green Day in Croatia, initiative during which the Government organized a major cleaning of nature collecting approximately 47 000 kg of waste. The Marine Clean group also visited Kopački rit Nature Park located in the northeastern part of the Republic of Croatia. This is an exceptional floodplain with great biological diversity.
The whole event had great media coverage on national TV, regional radios station and daily newspapers identifying this important project for the region and also for the country of Croatia.
Versatile bioplastic product enabling increased use of Anaerobic Digestion
April 16th, 2012
Anaerobic Digestion is a well known process by which organic wastes are decomposed in the absence of oxygen by micro-organisms; often resulting in the production of significant amounts of methane gas. Anaerobic Digestion is most commonly used in wastewater and sewage treatment and in the treatment of animal manure waste. Over the past decade, there has been a strongly growing interest in Anaerobic Digestion as a sustainable and environmentally friendly way to process biodegradable wastes and as a means to produce renewable energy. Anaerobic Digestion compatible waste bags will enable increased use of this technology. ...[read more]
University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, USA - Testing
Cortec® EcoWorks® AD Biobased Bags for Anaerobic
April 3, 2012
Picture 1: Influent feedstock collected from student union
Cortec® Bag - Metabolix® PHA
Picture 2: Bag was left intact and remained knotted
for 28 days.
Picture 3: Close-up of digestate in the segregated blue bin.
White specs in the photo identified as mold.
Beginning this spring semester, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's (UW Oshkosh) sustainability office, in partnership
with Cortec® Corporation, Sodexo, Reeve Union, and the Wisconsin (WI) State Energy Office, launched the "Feed the
Beast" campus campaign. Waste receptacles turned green beasts holding "Feed me" signs are lined with EcoWorks® AD
bags donated to the University by Cortec® Corporation. These bags are in the testing phase to measure the potential for
converting compostable waste to fuel (or feed) in UW Oshkosh's first-of-its-kind dry fermentation anaerobic biodigester.
Based on preliminary testing, Cortec's EcoWorks® AD bags are passing the expectations of the tests.
The UW Oshkosh anaerobic biodigester facility is expected to initially produce up to 5 percent, and eventually as much
as 10 percent, of the campus' electricity and heat after officially beginning to produce useable energy last October. It is
the first dry fermentation anaerobic digestion (AD) facility to be constructed in North America, and will serve as a living,
learning laboratory for the University students and faculty. Producing energy from a clean and sustainable source will set
an example in reducing dependence on fossil fuels and moving in the direction of energy independence.
Cortec® EcoWorks® AD bags, constructed from the latest biobased polymer, containing 77% biobased content, are
designed to biodegrade in anaerobic digestion, natural soil and marine or water environments, backyard composting
systems, and municipal composting facilities. In anaerobic digestion (AD) the film breaks down in as little as 15 days.
EcoWorks® AD has also been awarded USDA Biopreferred designation for Packaging Materials (www.biopreferred.
gov). It is heat, moisture, and chemical resistant making it an ideal film for community organic waste diversion and
anaerobic digestion programs. 100% anaerobically digestible per ASTM D5511 standard test method.
Dissipative Film and Bags Bestseller in Electronics Packaging !
March 2, 2012
Cortec presents VpCI®-125 - patented static dissipative film and bags unique in their ability to prevent corrosion and ESD damage. This non-toxic film combines the latest plastic technology with effective corrosion protection of sensitive electronics equipment and components for different metals. It is the first commercially produced static dissipative film powered by Nano-VpCI technology. Through years of testing, Cortec's scientists discovered synergistic effect between ESD additives and VpCI® masterbatch that are otherwise non-compatible. Using high-tech coextrusion equipment, VpCI®-125 is produced and converted in two state of the art plants located in the United States and Europe for leading electronics companies around the world.
VpCI®-125 is used by world leading electronical companies like are Nortel Networks and Motorola Inc. Motorola wanted cost effective and less time consuming method of export packaging. VpCI®-125 Antistatic bags were selected and placed over the enclosures resulting in better protection, reduction of packaging material and labor.
VpCI®-125 has become the bestseller in electronics packaging business by offering economical, aestetically attractive packaging system to replace expensive vacuum aluminum foils, desiccants, multi layered barrier films, chemical sprays, etc. The product is ROHS compliant and fully recyclable. It provides vapor phase and contact protection to multimetals with strong and longlasting static dissipative properties that are independent of relative humidity. This strong puncture resistant film replaces conventional rust preventatives such as oils and desiccants. It enables the customer to reduce costs because Cortec VpCI® packaging eliminates all the degreasing or coating removal required in the past and can be used immediately.
Nortel,the largest company in Canada who ships electronic equipment worldwide, switched to Cortec products to solve their corrosion problem. Electronic equipment was simply wrapped inVpCI®-125 Antistatic film, and VpCI®-132 pads were added into each package to provide extra corrosion protection. Nortel experienced substantial cost savings in their process by using two rather than three products, and eliminating the use of a vaccuum.
The static dissipative properties of VpCI®-125 are humidity independent; its unique composition does not require the presence of moisture to function.VpCI®-125 does not contain free amines, phosphates, silicones and other harmful materials. VpCI-125 conforms to MIL-81705D Standard for Static Dissipative Packaging Materials Type II, Mil-B-22019F Standard for Corrosion Protective Packaging Films, NACE 00487/2000 Standard Recommended Practice for Temporary Corrosion Protection and German Standard TL-8135-002 for VCI Films.
Dr. Rita Kharshan – Guest Lecturer at Zagreb University Seminar!
February 17th, 2012
The seminar "Corrosion
Inhibitor in Metal Structures
Protection" was held at the
Faculty of Mechanical
Engineering and Naval
Architecture, University of
Zagreb, Croatia February 15,
2012. Special guest lecturer Dr.
Margarita Kharshan, head of
Cortec's Research Laboratory in
St.Paul, MN, USA and one of
the top scientists in the field of
volatile corrosion inhibitors held
the presentation "Corrosion
Inhibitors in 21 Century. " Dr. Kharshan demonstrated the use of new generation corrosion
inhibitors for different industries. This hands on seminar was held to show practical
application and testing.
The seminar was especially designed for Engineers, Technicians, and Production Managers
dealing with the maintenance and protection of metal structures against corrosion. Attendees
had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about the most recent trends in the area of
inhibiting corrosion caused by various aggressive environments. The technology behind
inhibitors and the advantages of their use is still insufficiently known in Croatia and as a
result this subject initiated great interest among industry experts.
After an introductory speech by Faculty Dean, Ivan Juraga, scientists and businessmen
lectured and shared their experiences with corrosion inhibitor technologies, their utilization,
and functionality; with Cortec's products highlighted as the most efficient inhibitors on the
market. This was confirmed by important Croatian companies like TPK, Zagreb, whose
employees gave a presentation using Cortec's products and confirmed their excellent
During her lecture, Dr. Rita Kharshan placed special emphasis on Cortec's latest and most
advanced, innovative and environmentally responsible VpCI technology. Unlike traditional
hazardous petroleum based products, Cortec's inhibitors are characterized by their high
biobased content, sustainability, and high performance. The successful presentation was
followed by numerous questions and interesting discussion.
Cortec® Corporation Announces VpCI®-126 TRF: An Anti-Corrosive Film That Stands Up To The Heat Of Industrial Work.
Around the world, metal products need to be protected for shipping and storage as soon as possible. When these products come out of production, they can still be very hot and require cooling before packaging. VpCI®-126 TRF (Temperature Resistant Film) from Cortec® Corporation offers a world-renowned anti-corrosion film resistant to temperatures of up to 170°C (338°F) so parts can be packaged with less cooling resulting in a reduction of cycle time. The temperature resistance makes the product ideal for use in foundries, hot mills, and for parts that are heat-treated.
Building on Cortec's best-selling Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI®) technology, VpCI®-126 TRF offers excellent corrosion protection for a variety of applications. The VpCI® molecules vaporize and form a protective shield around stored parts with or without direct contact with the surface. Vapor phase protection ensures that materials stored using the film are protected from corrosion, even down to the smallest nooks and crannies that traditionally used anti-corrosive coatings can't reach.
Traditional anti-corrosive coatings require messy clean up before materials are usable. When those same materials are stored in VpCI®-126 TRF they are ready to go at any time with no need for cleaning. Inspecting stored materials is simple because the film is transparent. Production process speed is further increased by the reduction of required cooling time. Metal parts can be packaged sooner than they could with regular polyethylene films thanks to VpCI®-126 TRF's superior heat resistance.
VpCI®-126 TRF is excellent for protecting aluminum, carbon and stainless steels, and yellow metals from corrosion, and is fully recyclable.
Minnesota Zoo Composting Program - launched with Cortec's Eco Film®!
October 14th, 2011
The Minnesota Zoo belongs to a top ten zoos in North America and is a home to more than 3700 animals.
Cortec® Corporation, a champion in green and environmentally responsible technologies is very proud of it's contribution to the Minnesota Zoo Green Program, which foucuses on conservation and sustainability of natural resources. In an effort to conserve these resources and minimize waste, The Minnesota Zoo is incorporating "green" practices into its design and every day operations .
The Zoo recently formed a Green Team, whose main goal is promoting activities aimed at sustainability. One of the initiatives lead to development of a composting program that greatly reduces the amount of waste generated. The program was implemented in the spring of 2011, using Cortec's Eco Film®, a 100% biodegradable and compostable film, designed specifically for the unique demands of compost programs. Eco Film® replaces non-degradable starch and polyethylene- based films, and is up to 300% stronger than polyethylene.
As part of their Green team initiative, the Zoo recycled 370 tons of material, and composted about 600 tons of waste just last year! The program generates a great quantity of finished compost which is then used as a soil mix additive and as mulch on existing turf areas. It's goal is to divert food waste at the zoo, and reduce the trash that is taken into area landfills.
The zoo will be selling finished compost in the bulk to the public, which will be used as fertilizer for crops, farms and gardens.
This concept of reusing, composting and recycling of materials is applicable to all kinds of large gathering places. Venues where large volumes of food is consumed lead to large quantities of organic waste. This includes stadiums, national parks, amusement parks, cruisers, fairs, large resorts, hotels and many more.
Before starting the composting program, the zoo tested all certified commercially available compostable plastics from various manufacturers. According to Brenda Teats (Director of Corporate Giving, Minnesota Zoo), “Staff tested a number of different compostable bags, and the ones from Cortec performed by far the best“.
Now, Eco Film® bags are used for food waste created by employees, staff, their catering service, as well as during summer Zoo Camp – with plans to expand to common areas soon.
“When the Zoo contacted us to participate in their composting program, there was no doubt we were more than happy to help“, says Cliff Cracauer (Vice President of Sales, Cortec Corporation). “They are considered one of the ten best Zoo’s in the nation, so it shouldn’t be a
Surprise they are taking innovative steps to be Green. The Minnesota Zoo should be commended for their work. It sends a powerful message to the community
EcoFilm bags in use in food service area of the Zoo.
about sustainability.“It is more important than ever that people make prompt decisions which will help to avoid the effects of plastic pollution. As a company determined to make a positive impact on the environment, we hope that the Minnesota Zoo Green Program will positively influence many other communities throughout the world to take actions and encourage this kind of green projects.
Cortec's EcoLine® Coatings- Green Replacement for Toxic Mineral Oils!
September 27, 2011
EcoLine® 3220 and EcoLine® 3690 are biobased and biodegradable coatings, developed to replace traditional oil based rust preventatives. Both products are designed for extended temporary protection of multimetals, and if needed could be easily removed using a biobased Ecoline Surface Cleaner/Degreaser, eliminating expensive disposal costs associated with oils. They provide excellent corrosion protection while being environmentally safe and completely non hazardous. EcoLine 3220/3690 are improved replacements for flammable solvents and petroleum based products which will continue to escalate in price. They are functionally superior and cost efficient, and at the same time completely safe to work with. They conform to NACE Standard RP0487-2000.
EcoLine® 3220 - is a canola-oil based addition to our biodegradable line of products made with renewable resources. It is a ready-to use temporary coating that offers a tenacious film which clings to metal surfaces, providing excellent contact corrosion protection in storage and shipment. In addition EcoLine® 3220 provides long lasting vapor corrosion inhibition, as well as great balance of corrosion protection and lubrication. Product is intended for indoor or sheltered protection for up to two years.
Difference in test results using Naphtenic oil and Ecoline 3220.
EcoLine® 3690 - offers an open air corrosion protection and is excellent replacement for more expensive polluting solvent based rust preventatives such as Tectyl and Cosmoline. Made from renewable materials and containing canola oil as a carrier, it has an excellent thermostability and no effect on rubber, plastics or paints. This coating is designed for marine and high humidity conditions. The film is self-healing and moisture-displacing, providing superior protection against aggressive environments.
Test results show samples treated by plain oil and Ecoline 3690.
Cortec® VpCI® papers provide multi-metal protection in simple, economical applications for both ferrous and non-ferrous metals eliminating the need to inventory a variety of papers for each of the metals you need to protect. They prevent package contamination by utilizing only the highest quality neutral/natural Kraft paper produced in our own state-of-the-art coating plant under controlled conditions, with full time quality control and research ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory.
All Cortec® VpCI® papers are environmentally safe, fully recyclable and repulpable, biobased,nitrite free, non-toxic, and FDA approved. They provide an excellent alternative to oil coatings or other VCI/VPI papers that contain hazardous chemicals.
There are no chemical concentrations to calculate or application systems to maintain. Your
protected products can be used immediately – no surface preparation or cleaning is required.
Cortec® range of environmentally safe VpCI® papers are available in jumbo or converter rolls,standard size rolls, and sheeting as well as custom printing and converting.
• VpCI®-144 – A moisture barrier coated paper. Replaces polyethylene coated papers.
• VpCI®-145- Combines corrosion inhibiting and static-dissipative properties to provide
a complete packaging paper.
• VpCI®-146 - Protects products for storage or shipment.
• VpCI®-148 - Provides resistance to greases, oils, and solvents.
• VpCI®-149 - Formulated specifically to provide superior protection for sensitive
metals such as copper, aluminum, and cast iron.
• Cor-Pak®Linerboard, Patented- Exceptionally light and strong barrier; tear and
• EcoShield® Linerboard, Patented- Provides a moisture and oil barrier protection.
• VpCI® Corrosorber paper - Tarnish inhibiting packaging paper specifically for
precious metals such as silver, gold, and tin.
starting at 10:30h
Bele Bartoka 29
31300 Beli Manastir
Ecocortec d.o.o and Eko Vrelo d.o.o. are pleased to announce an
Open House for those interested in Croatia's blossoming sustainable
technology economy. Business partners, suppliers, customers and
the public are invited to learn about the latest innovations and
plans for the future.
Boris Miksic, CEO of EcoCortec and Mrs Nevenka Topic and Mr.
Krunoslav Lesar, owners of the Eko Vrelo will host the event and
enthusiastically invite those from Croatia and throughout Europe to
During the Open House, a Charter will be signed between EcoCortec
and Eko Vrelo establishing Ecoclaster. The goal of Ecoclaster is the
promotion of ecological acceptable products, technologies and
business practices like biodegradable packaging and organic
juices. EcoCortec and Eko Vrelo are hopeful by leading by example,other local businesses will soon join the sustainable business movement.
"What often is forgotten is that 'green business' is more than just environmental
stewardship or a single product," states Boris Miksic. "Sustainable business practices
require operating your business for long-term viability. In that way EcoCortec and
Eko Vrelo produce better products and better profits through less waste that allow
greater investment locally."
In addition to EcoCortec and Eko Vrelo several executives and board members
of Beli Manastir companies will announce further business development initiatives
and investments in the Beli Manastir business zone.
10:40h Welcoming speach by city major of Beli Manastir Ivan Dobos followed
by his presentation of business area of Beli Manstir
10:45h Introduction words of president of EcoCortec Boris Miksic and member
of board of Eko Vrelo Mrs. Nevenka Topic
11:00h Signing of the Charter establishing ecoclaster
11:15h Tour of the EcoCortec and Eko Vrelo factories with presentation of
technology and manufacturing
13:30h Luncheon at EcoCortec
Please confirm your attendance by phone 031 705 011
or email firstname.lastname@example.org for EcoCortec d.o.o.
and by phone 031 704 055
or email email@example.com for Eko Vrelo d.o.o.
Cortec® Corporation Launches Biobased Film Products for Marine and Anaerobic Digestion Markets
August 2nd, 2011
Telles’ New Mirel P5001 Film Grade Resin Achieves Performance for Markets Requiring Anaerobic Digestion; Cortec to Deliver First Mirel P5001 Commercial Film Products
Cortec® Corporation, a leading bioplastics producer located in Minnesota, USA is pleased to announce
the launch and commercial availability of EcoOcean™. This new bioplastic offers a combination of
environmental and performance benefits previously unattainable—flexibility and strength; commercial
and low-temperature backyard compostability; 77% annually renewable raw material content;
anaerobic and marine biodegradability. [...read more]
Makers of OXO-DEGRADABLE ADDITIVES say they are addressing the litter problem, but others aren't so sure
ONE OF THE PLASTICS industry's biggest public relations headaches is the eyesore of plastic bags tangled among trees, somersaulting down highways, and drifting in waterways. Governments have reacted to the problem with recycling programs and restrictions on plastic bags. [...read more]
Telles Customer Cortec Corporation to Launch Biobased Film Products for Marine and Anaerobic Digestion Markets
July 26th, 2011
Telles’ New Mirel P5001 Film Grade Resin Achieves Performance for Markets Requiring Anaerobic Digestion; Cortec to Deliver First Mirel P5001 Commercial Film Products
LOWELL, Mass., July 26, 2011 – Telles, a joint venture of Metabolix, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBLX) and Archer Daniels Midland Company, today announced that Cortec® Corporation, a leading film producer located in St. Paul, Minnesota, has selected Mirel™ bioplastic for a new line of film products. Through a mutual development and commercialization effort, the two companies have developed proprietary processing and extrusion methods resulting in the first commercially viable finished flexible film products made from the new biobased Mirel P5001 film grade resin.
"Our combined effort with the Telles technical team to develop a unique method of extrusion-blown film products has resulted in a process innovation," explained Boris Miksic, president and CEO with Cortec. "The combination of Mirel film resin with the new extrusion and processing method delivers practical and diverse benefits for end-users, including multiple end-of-life options."
Cortec is launching two new products based on Mirel P5001—EcoOcean™ and Eco Works® AD. EcoOcean is for marine biodegradable markets and Eco Works AD is designed to meet the demands of anaerobic digestion systems, offering various disposal options for bioplastic products. Cortec’s biodegradable films are available in more than 70 countries worldwide.
EcoOcean and Eco Works AD will be available through these sales channels upon launch.
"EcoOcean will revolutionize the use of flexible packaging, especially in coastal areas of the world," said Miksic. "Eco Works AD is the result of more than 13 years of development work and finally achieves the high renewable content that was previously unattainable in a flexible film that has a range of disposal options after use. Mirel P5001 is a remarkable bioplastic material." [...read more]
New Revolutionary Green Film for Industrial Packaging!
July 05th 2011
Eco-Corr® is a biobased and biodegradable film utilizing Cortec's patented VpCI® technology. It is the first 100 % biodegradable VCI film in the world, initiating a new era for 21st century packaging! This highly efficient product provides much better tensile strength, tear resistance and ultimate elongation than low density polyethylene (LDPE) films. It is certified under DIN CERTCO DIN EN 13432 (Europe) and Biodegradable Products Institute ASTM D6400 (USA), as well as heat and water stable and does not disintegrate or break apart while in use.
Eco-Corr® provides contact, barrier and Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI®) protection for up to two years. It provides multimetal corrosion inhibitor protection and is improved replacement for non-degradable and nitrite - based VCI films. Once exposed to soil or compost conditions, this product will disintegrate rapidly and completely within weeks, without contaminating the soil. It is nitrite and amine free.
High tech equipment packaged in EcoCorr® for export shipments
Metal parts packaged in Eco-Corr® receive continuous protection against salt, excessive humidity, condensation, moisture, aggressive industrial atmosphere and dissimilar metal corrosion. The Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitors vaporize and then condense on all metal surfaces in the enclosed package. VpCI® reaches every area of your package, protecting exposed parts as well as hard to reach interior surfaces against micro-corrosion. With this green alternative you will get complete protection during storage as well as domestic and overseas shipments.
Once put to use, Eco-Corr® will remain effective with regard to mechanical strength until the film is placed in contact with material containing microorganisms, such as certain types of waste, soil, and compost. Under these conditions, 100% biodegradation into carbon dioxide and water will occur within a few weeks, with no residual contamination of the soil. Eco-Corr® meets NACE TM0208-2008 and German TL-8135-002 standards for corrosion protection.
Bionetix International - expands into European Market!
June 30th 2011
Bionetix International; headquartered in Montreal, Canada, is now a Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Cortec Corporation in the business of manufacturing microbial based bio-products. With more than 30 years of Cortec's experience as a world leader in environmentally-safe materials protection technologies, Bionetix’s product range is a natural extension of the Cortec® product offerings. Our integrated resources will provide our customers with unique benefits of remediation, and bioaugmentation. We will continue to expand our portfolio of products and service capabilities, creating additional value for our clients worldwide.
A food processing plant discharged 600 kg/day of material consisting of:50% protein, 30% vegetable oil, 20% water. BCP22 and STIMULUS were applied. Fourteen days later there was only some untreated materials due to continuous discharge.
Bionetix International is comprised of solid, proprietary technologies to produce biological waste treatment products that are used in thousands of applications and various industries throughout the world. The purpose of Bionetix products is to degrade target substances in waste systems by using natural methods and develop environmentally safe manufacturing and disposal processes.
Capability of microorganisms to transform pollutants and synthetic chemicals into sources of energy and raw materials for their own growth, proves that expensive chemicals can be replaced with biological processes that are lower in cost, more efficient and acceptable for the environment. Bacteria used in the Bionetix line of products degrade more complex chemicals along with higher volumes of waste materials.
Bionetix has a wide range of products for numerous applications that can be divided in 5 major fields:
a) Industrial Waste Treatment - Treatment of waste water on site prior to discharge to sewage. Bacteria specifically selected to degrade target substances in waste water systems, like fats and oils, food, beverage and alcohol.
b) Municipal Waste Treatment - Enhances waste treatment in municipal waste water. Reduces organic acids, ammonia and toxic substances, controls odor. Increases treatment efficiency. Reduces plant upsets from shock.
c) Institutional and Household Market - Biological cleaners and janitorial applications, grease trap treatment, urinals, odour removals, disinfectants and septic tank treatment.
d) Concentrates and Additives – Green formulations of concentrated biological cleaning solutions
e) Agricultural Treatments - Grow higher quality crops...have greener fairways and reduce impacts on land and dependency on chemicals and reduce input costs.
BioCortec® - Cortec's Green Response to Oil Derived Corrosion
June 20th, 2011
Cortec® Corporation, a world leader in innovative, green,
sustainable technologies has spent many years of dedicated
experimentation to introduce our BioCortec® range of corrosion
control products. Our mission is to develop eco-efficient
products made from sustainable materials that are compostable
and biodegradable; combining new technologies that have
positive effects on the environment and are completely safe for
the people who work with them. We strive every day towards
this goal as scientists and engineers; improving our products to
leave a better planet for our future generations.
For several decades now, scientists around the world have been
alerting us about the importance of replacing synthetic chemicals that are among major causes of pollution on the
planet, with green alternatives enabled by technological innovations.
Dedicated research and simply turning to nature enables Cortec® to develop new technologies that help us create
bio-based alternatives that are complete corrosion control and packaging replacements for hazardous chemicals
and oil derived products. Our products don't destroy the natural balance of the environment, are functionally
superior, and cost efficient making them a more economical solution.
Cortec's BioCortec® products include:
• Films and Bags - biodegradable & compostable; specifically designed to replace LDPE, LLDPE, and
• VpCI® Papers - with multi–metal corrosion control; utilizing only the highest quality neutral/natural
Kraft paper; fully recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable.
• EcoEmitter® - Cortec’s first product in our exciting new EcoEarth™ line of products - providing
corrosion protection for electronic and optical equipment and components.
• EcoAir® - an air powered aerosol replacement to traditional chemical propellants.
• EcoLine® canola and soya - based VpCI® technology.
• Foam Devices - made from soy vegetable oils and bio-based fibers that enable corrosion protection by
emitting VpCI® molecules that adsorbing onto metal surfaces.
• Migratory Corrosion Inhibitors (MCI®) - additives for concrete used to prevent corrosion of rebar;
derived from sugar beets & soybeans.
Croatia has officially been confirmed to
become 28th member of European Union by
far the strongest economy in the world. This
creates enormous opportunity for EcoCortec
and our European distributors to grow our market
share. EcoCortec is the only producer of VpCI®
films in European Union, our non-EU competitors
are Zerust/Excor, Daubert, Safepack, Grofit,
Magna and our EU competitors do not have
own VCI film production in EU: Metpro, Brangs
und Heinrich and Propack.
EcoCortec is the only producer of VpCI®
films and bags that has the state of the art
production plant, logistics center, laboratory,
marketing and customer support center and
distribution network that is European Union
Location of our EU facility in Beli Manastir,
Croatia, EU has been carefully chosen as it is
located at the crossroads of East and West
Europe. Recently finished Corridor C-5 that our
plant is adjacent to is the truck superhighway of
Europe, starting in Poland and ending in Turkey.
EcoCortec/Cortec family is proud to
become a part of European Union business
Europe Strives for Sustainability with Biodegradable Bags!
June 9th, 2011
Since the beginning of 2011, use of
plastic bags has changed completely.
Italians who are said to account for
more than a fifth of the plastic bags
used in Europe were using about 20
billion plastic bags per year. A new
law banned bags that are not
biodegradable and shop owners are
instructed to use bags from cloth,
paper or other biodegradable materials.
Italian Environment Minister regarded
the new law as great achievement
stating that mass garbage can be
reduced, littering is less and the
environment will be improved in
general. With this declaration Italy
joined the group of countries that
forbid or at least reduce the usage of plastic bags. Other European countries have surcharges on plastic bags, a
measure that cuts the usage of harmful plastic materials by more than 50% pointing out besides hazardous
effects, great potential of death risk for animals. In USA since 2007 plastic bags have started to be banned on
local level. In San Francisco, first city that introduced such law they are forbidden in supermarkets and drug
stores. After that many cities followed that example. Environmental organisations have strongly supported these
policies. They indicate that in 21 first century new technologies based on sustainability have finally found a way
to work in contribution to the environment instead of hazardously ruining it's natural balance.
To put it more simply if we know that life lasting of a plastic bag is only 45 minutes, this means simply that it is
thrown away rather than being used once again. In contrast to the usage time of a plastic bag it takes 77 million
years to generate one drop of fossil fuel! Once thrown away plastic bag takes 400 years to decompose or they
produce very hazardous gases in incineration plants. Turn towards biodegradable materials shows a positive
trend that leaderships as well as ordinary people are becoming more aware of the importance of sustainability
and preserving our natural surroundings. Cortec research laboratory devoted many years of dedicated studies to
develop Eco Works® - certified biodegradable and compostable flexible films and bags designed to replace many
forms of low and high density polyethylene at highly competitive pricing. Used in applications ranging from
protective industrial films and agricultural films, to retail packaging and municipal waste diversion collection
bags. Eco Works® is a range of formulations, that can be customized to your precise needs. When placed in
typical composting environment EcoWorks® film will fully biodegrade into carbon dioxide and water within a
matter of 6-8 weeks when placed in a typical composting environment.
There is no ecotoxicity to the soil, plants or microorganisms involved in this process. These films have been
certified 100% biodegradable/ compostable per ASTM D6400 and DIN EN 13432 by certifying agencies such as
BPI and DIN CERTCO.
Decades of devoted research in Cortec's Laboratory resulted in products like VpCI®–377. This water-based, environmentally responsible, and low cost concentrate is designed as a complete replacement for oil-based preventives for indoor protection of equipment and components. VpCI®–377 is a corrosion preventative liquid that meets the toughest antipollution requirements. Using this product you will get a completely safe alternative that is dramatically lower in cost than classic mineral oils; while at the same time you will be eliminating all expensive disposal costs associated with oils.
What is the total cost of utilizing rust prevetatives in a manufacturing environment? It is easy to look at the price per liter of one product versus another. This however, is only a small part of the total cost in using a rust preventative. You also have to consider the hidden costs associated with chemical use and disposal. These include product coverage, dilution rate, transportation costs, air permits, and disposal costs.
Cortec® Leads the World in New Product Developments
April 25th, 2011
The annual cost of corrosion worldwide is estimated to exceed 1.8 trillion USD, which translates to 3 to 4% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of industrialized countries.
"Cortec® Corp. leads in the number of new product developments in the corrosion protection field. From 2008 to 2010, the company accounts for 23% of all developments in the global corrosion inhibitors' market. Dow Chemical Co. holds the second largest share in number of new product developments; which accounts for 7% of all developments from 2008 to 2010. The global corrosion inhibitors market is estimated to reach $5.9 billion in 2015 from $4.6 billion in 2008, at a CAGR of 4.5% from 2008 to 2015." as stated in the research paper on "Global Corrosion Inhibitors- Water and Oil Based, Organic and Inorganic, Raw Materials Trends and Forecast (2010 – 2015)" by MarketsandMarkets Research, an independent U.S. market research and consulting company.
Included in this study are the leading specialty chemical companies of the world: BASF, Dow Chemical, Nalco, Ashland, Henkel, GE-Betz, Champion, Akzo Nobel, Kurita, W.R. Grace, and others, making Cortec's leadership position a remarkable achievement.
Cortec® Family Enhances it’s Environmentally Friendly Product Line with Biocorr® Rust Preventative
Beli Manastir, March 12th 2011.
Cortec® Corporation is truly proud to present a new
revolutionary product BioCorr® Rust Preventative.
This waterbased, biobased, and biodegradable rust preventative
is intended for the preservation of metals in storage and during
transportation. It provides multi-metal protection and is an
excellent environmentally sound alternative to petroleum derived
products. Considering the fact that the price of oil has crossed $
100 per barrel, astronomical increase of anti - corrosion oil
prices is inevitable. BioCorr® is the solution that will initiate a
new era in the ﬁ eld of corrosion protection. This ready-to-use
formulation provides protection for up to two years of indoor
as well as for shipments when combined with VpCI® packaging
materials. It is much cheaper and more effective than oil.
Unlike rust preventative oils, this innovative product leaves a dry
ﬁ lm on the surface of the metal that is virtually invisible. Thanks
to this feature you will be able to create a clean workplace and prevent material waste.
BioCorr® Rust Preventative is VOC free
and the formulation is biodegradable, eliminating expensive
disposal costs associated with oils.
By using this outstanding preventative you will get complete low
cost protection during storage or during domestic and overseas
shipments, eliminating any rust claims.
This environmentally friendly, 100% biobased and biodegradable
product reduces carbon emissions for 70%. It provides excellent
multimetal corrosion protection while combining ﬁ lm-forming
additives with Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitors (VpCIs), displaces
water and oil from metal surfaces and above all, using this
preventative you will be replacing hazardous mineral oils and
ﬂ ammable solvents.
It is VOC free and does not contain any chlorinated compounds,
chromates,or nitrites and can be applied by dipping or spraying.
It can be used as biodegradable preservative for machines
and equipment, temporary coating for storage and shipment,
protection of pipes, ﬂ anges, gears as well as for casting iron,
sheets, and coils.
Cortec® Corporation is a world leader in innovative,
environmentally responsible VpCI® and MCI® corrosion control
technologies for Packaging, Metalworking, Construction,
Electronics, Water Treatment, Oil & Gas, and other industries.
Our relentless dedication to sustainability, quality, service, and
support is unmatched in the industry. Headquartered in St. Paul,
Minnesota, Cortec® manufactures over 400 products distributed
Cortec ® European Sales Office is moving to a new advanced location!
Beli Manastir, March 3rd 2011.
It is our pleasure to announce that our Cortec ® Europen Sales office is moving to a new
location. As of next week we will be located at Technology Transfer Center, Croatia’a most
developed technological and engineering facility. This spacious new office will enable us to
provide even better services to our clients. Close vicinity of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
and Naval Architecture will enable more efficient technical support and consultance with experts
in the corrosion prevention field, with whom Cortec has been succesfully cooperating for over a
decade. Regarding these positive changes and progress of our company we are looking forward
to all our future challenges.
Our new address: Cortec European Sales Office
Technology Transfer Center
Ivana Lucica 5
Our phone numbers will not be changing, so you can reach us at: Telephone: +385 1 48 54 486
Fax: +385 1 48 54 501
We are happy to inform you that BioCorr ®
Rust Preventative is now available at EcoCortec,
Croatia! Currently we have available in stock
1045 liter totes of BioCorr ® . We would like to
offer you a great opportunity to combine your
new BioCorr ® orders with VpCI-126 and VpCI-
125 film orders from EcoCortec.
This waterbased, biobased, and
biodegradable rust preventative is intended
for the preservation of metals in storage and
during transportation. It provides multi-metal
protection and is an excellent environmentally
sound alternative to petroleum derived
products. Considering the fact that
the price of oil has crossed $100
per barrel, an astronomical
increase of rust preventative
oil prices is inevitable.
is the solution that will initiate
a new era in the field of
corrosion protection. This ready-
to-use formulation provides protection for
up to two years of indoor storage, as well as
for shipments when combined with VpCI ®
packaging materials. It is much cheaper and
more effective than oil. Unlike rust preventative
oils, this innovative product leaves a dry film on
the surface of the metal that is virtually invisible.
Thanks to this feature you will be able to create
a clean workplace and prevent material waste.
BioCorr ® Rust Preventative is VOC free and
the formulation is biodegradable, eliminating
expensive disposal costs associated with oils. By
using this outstanding preventative you will get
complete low cost protection during
storage or domestic and overseas
shipments, eliminating any rust
This environmentally frien-
dly, 100% biobased and bio-
degradable product reduces
carbon emissions by 70%. It pro-
vides excellent multimetal corrosion protection while combining film-forming additi-
ves with Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitors (VpCIs),
displaces water and oil from metal surfaces and
above all, using this preventative you will be re-
placing hazardous mineral oils and flammable
solvents. It is VOC free and does not contain any
chlorinated compounds, chromates, or nitrites
and can be applied by dipping or spraying. It
can be used a biodegradable preservative for
machines and equipment, temporary coating
for storage and shipment, protection of pipes,
flanges, gears as well as for cast iron, sheets,
Cortec Corporation and EcoCortec are exhibiting
Beli Manastir, February 14th 2011.
Dear Cortec Distributors,
Cortec Corporation and EcoCortec are very pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at Interpack to be held in Dusseldorf, Germany, the 12-18 of May 2011.
This upcoming event will provide an opportunity for us to interact with each other and will be a great way for Cortec to demonstrate the continual long term commitment of generating advanced and efficient products as well as to present our new, innovative, product lines. By participating, we are enhancing our marketing operations and the Cortec and EcoCortec company images throughout the European market.
Dario Dell’Orto, Cortec VP of International Sales, Ines Tendler, Advisor to CEO, (fluent in German) and I will be welcoming you at the Cortec booth #-12C17-4, in the USA Pavilion, Hall #-12. Enclosed are the Interpack Site Plan and the USA Pavilion floor plan. We want to make this a splendid opportunity for our distributors to participate in discussions regarding current challenges and future plans.
You, our distributors, are the cornerstone of our continuous growth and world leadership and we know you will find it interesting to take part in this event.
Looking forward to meeting you in Dusseldorf,
Boris A. Miksic
Cortec® announces EcoEarth™ product line, EcoEmitter®, and a glimpse of the future in corrosion protection.
Beli Manastir, February 2nd, 2011
Introducing Cortec’s newest product line, EcoEarth™, created to illustrate our continually committed resolve to make the most advanced biodegradable and compostable products, made from bio-based or sustainable resources, for your corrosion prevention needs. Thanks to continuing research, study, and experimentation, Cortec® knows more than ever before about producing ecologically harmonious corrosion control products. As technology advances, we continue to expand our unique earth friendly offerings.
Cortec’s first product in this exciting new EcoEarth™ line is the EcoEmitter®, designed with the environment in mind to reduce our carbon footprint. EcoEmitter® is a highly engineered device that provides corrosion protection for your most sensitive assets such as electronic and optical equipment and components. The polymeric cup has been redesigned to replace polyethylene and is constructed from OK Biobased 3-star rated resins containing 60-80% renewable carbon content. The active corrosion inhibiting powder is nontoxic and biodegradable; each emitter is individually packaged in certified compostable film, and placed in a box containing 30% post consumer recycled content. This economical, easy to install, non-toxic device is designed to provide corrosion protection for metal components and parts enclosed in nonventilated cabinets and tool or control boxes. Each compact space saving EcoEmitter® is powered by NANO VpCI™ corrosion inhibiting technology conditioning the space and adsorbing onto metal surfaces providing a microscopic molecular layer of corrosion protection. Vapor phase molecules sublimate from the solid phase and emit through the 100% biobased breathable membrane to provide continuous long-term multimetal protection, even in the harshest conditions, for up to 24 months during operation and/or shutdown. EcoEmitters are free of nitrites, halogens, phosphates, and the VOC values meet Southern California Clean Air Act and other National and local regulations.
EcoCortec® Welcomes Student Visitors from the University of Zagreb
January 27th, 2011
Cooperation between industry and higher education is a common practice throughout the world
and Croatia’s first bio-plastic plant, EcoCortec® d.o.o in collaboration with the Faculty of Mechanical
Engineering and Naval Architecture in Zagreb hosted an educational tour for 25 (third and
fourth year) students and initiated a fieldwork project of polymers processing.
The visits were conducted under the leadership of Professor Mladen Sercer, PhD, Head of the Department
for processing of polymers and wood at the Institute of Technology. EcoCortec® presented
its high standards in the manufacturing of patented polyethylene films, based on Cortec® Corporation’s
Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI®) technology. The irreplaceable practical experience
and enhancement of theoretical knowledge that the students gain at university classes conducted
in this way enhances their overall acquired knowledge. Besides becoming familiar with EcoCortec®
production processes, new innovative VpCI® technology was presented to these young, future engineers.
With collaboration between education and economy, Croatia can really become a country with experts,
knowledge, and the latest world technology in manufacturing; and become the regional leader
in innovation aimed towards the export of finished products.
Another First Delivered to Croatia by EcoCortec: In-House ESD Testing
Beli Manastir, October 12th, 2010.
EcoCortec is pleased to announce the completion of its independent laboratory test facility! EcoCortec recently expanded its laboratory capabilities with a new chamber for the testing of ESD and antistatic properties of films. The first tests were recently completed successfully for films produced for end-users in Central and Eastern Europe.
EcoCortec is a pioneer in research, development and commercialization of high technology plastics, requiring extensive investment in extrusion equipment and testing capabilities. The enhanced in-house laboratory capability reduces testing and certification lead time for customers and increases production speed of the complex polymer matrix used in Cortec’s ESD films.
VpCI-125 Static Dissipative Bags and Film and EcoCorr® ESD are recommended for packaging of static-sensitive and non-static sensitive components where triboelectric charge generation and corrosion are concerns. VpCI-125 is recommended for packaging of integrated circuits, printed circuit boards, PCB components, telecommunications equipment, electronic and electrical panels, and enclosures.
EcoCorr® ESD is certified compostable polymer blend that is actually stronger than low density polyethylene and offers multi-metal corrosion control and static protection. Users of EcoCorr® ESD can compost the used bags onsite or at industrial compost facilities.
ESD properties of films are:
• Surface Resistivity (ASTM B 257): Between 1x105 and1012 W/m2
• Decay of static electricity (Method 3046, Federal Std. 101C): Less than 2 seconds
The product is in compliance with the following military standards:
• MIL-PRF-22 010
• MIL-B-22 020
The specialized testing facility is another first for Croatia’s blossoming high technology industry. EcoCortec is again paving the way for Croatia to establish itself as a leading developer and producer of high quality, high technology products and services.
Further upgrading of technology and intellectual achievements will follow in the form of ISO certification and formal confirmation of compliance with European standards at key customers and in third party government and university approval our products.
“Croatia can truly become a leader in polymer and biotechnology research, development and commercialization. We are pleased to be paving the way by proving green business and high technology business can flourish in the Croatian economy” states Boris Miksic, CEO and founder of Cortec Corporation (USA) and EcoCortec (Beli Manastir, Croatia).
To promote biodegradability and compostability on a global level, EcoCortec has donated 200,000 biodegradable bags to the “Galapagos” National Park and to the “Charles Darwin” Research Institute. EcoCortec is currently in the last stage of finalizing a contract with a top scale Croatian tourist center to supply them with biodegradable bags as well.
EcoCortec is proud to be included in the special edition “Croatian Top 100 Companies” of the #1 Croatian newspaper,Vecernji list. Please find below translation of the published article
EcoCortec, Croatia’s first bioplastics plant:
The future is in the use of biodegradable bags and films
Beli Manastir, December 2nd, 2010
Ecology and conservation of the planet where we live is an imperative of our time. Large amounts of plastic waste pose a major threat to the environment. Each year, 90 billion tons of plastic waste is generated worldwide. Therefore, the importance and value of biodegradable plastic is obvious. Biodegradable films and bags are increasingly used in everyday life. Australia is currently considering a law on the mandatory use of biodegradable bags and films, while the United States are in preparation of rules on labeling of packaging that is biodegradable, and compostable. European countries have also launched a similar initiative that will result in replacement of conventional polyethylene film and bags with biodegradable and compostable materials. Croatia’s first bioplastic plant, EcoCortec, owned by Boris Miksic, has been in operation since 2007. EcoCortec is a greenfield investment of over 10 million Euros. The 2000 m2 production facility is located on 10,000 m2 of the industrial zone in the city of Beli Manastir.
EcoCortec offers two main product lines--biodegradable films and films for corrosion protection--with the ability to customize production to meet customer design and performance specifications.
Inventions and patents
EcoCortec Ltd. is a sister company of Cortec Corporation, headquartered in St.Paul, MN, USA. With over 30 years of research, development and production expertise, Cortec Corporation has created an efficient network of distributors in Europe and Asia. With global recession fears easing, EcoCortec has experienced market growth and increasing demand prompting new investments in equipment and machinery. With this new investment of two million kunas EcoCortec will double its capacity to 10,000 tons per year.
EcoCortec is also investing in laboratory equipment including an ESD chamber for static decay and surface resistivity testing of their specially designed films. In addition to increasing the capacity of the extrusion line this new investment will provide for in-house recycling, reprocessing, printing and converting capabilities for biodegradable films.
The continuous reinvestment in equipment and production capabilities continues as market demand increases for products that meet internationally recognized quality certifications. These recent investments and the resultant production increase will also require an increase in employment once equipment is brought on line.
Biodegradable bags for island of Losinj
An interesting ongoing project to mention is the use of biodegradable plastic film on the island of Losinj in collaboration with EcoCortec. As tourism is one of the most important sectors of our economy, and concern for the environment and responsible management of resources are our duty, the island of Losinj has chosen EcoCortec's biodegradable bags for daily us in retail chains, souvenir shops and hotels.
By developing their own proprietary biodegradable films under the trade names EcoFilm® and EcoWorks®, EcoWrap® (biodegradable stretch film), EcoCorr® (multi-metal protective) and EcoCorr® ESD (static protective) , EcoCortec covers consumer goods market as well as specialized industrial markets with high standards in environmental protection.
In addition to biodegradable films, EcoCortec also produces special polyethylene films, under trade name VpCI® 126. VpCI®126 films combine the latest film technology with the most effective corrosion protection for all of your metal products. You get complete product protection during storage as well as during domestic and overseas shipments, virtually eliminating any rust claims.
Boris Miksic, owner of EcoCortec, is a successful businessman on two continents, with over 40 years of experience. He is a person with vision and constant desire for the creation and improvement of existing achievements. Confirmation of his personal aspirations for continuous improvement is preparation of doctoral dissertation on the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Construction at University of Zagreb. Even with the successful career, this dissertation represents a completion of a longtime scientific work with a number of his own patents on the corrosion protection and development of biodegradable films.
EcoCortec is the first Croatian bioplastics plant to produce ASTM D 6400 certified compostable films and bags approved internationally by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI).
As global demand surged in recent years, EcoCortec gained the stringent third party certification to allow customers clarity and confidence when using Eco Film® and Eco Works® product ranges internationally.
The ASTM D6400 standard specification confirms EcoCortec’s certified products will breakdown naturally, harmlessly and quickly in commercial composting conditions. EcoCortec’s certified products become a food source for the microorganisms and does not negatively affect plant growth or leave behind any residue or fragments.
The daily consumption of biodegradable films and bags in everyday life is constantly growing as communities seek better methods of diverting valuable organic nutrients from incinerators and landfills to commercial composting facilities.
Australia is developing legislation regarding the mandatory use of biodegradable plastics. European countries have started with the same initiative that will ultimately result in replacement of conventional films and bags with biodegradable materials suitable for composting. The United States is preparing regulations regarding the use of biodegradable and compostable labels on packaging and several states have already implemented programs where bioplastics are used as part of waste diversion initiatives.
To promote biodegradability and compostability on a global level, EcoCortec has donated 200,000 biodegradable bags to the “Galapagos” National Park and to the “Charles Darwin” Research Institute. EcoCortec is currently in the last stage of finalizing a contract with a top scale Croatian tourist center to supply them with biodegradable bags as well.
EcoCortec d.o.o. proudly announces record sales for the first six months of 2010.
Thanks to your hard work and the recognized quality of EcoCortec products, our sales have increased by 380% yearly, compared to the first six months of 2009. These good results are an indication of serious market growth and increased demand for our Eco® and VpCI® product lines.
To meet growing market demands, we have initiated new investments in equipment and production machinery. We are setting up a second line which will double our capacity in production of heat sealable and zip-lock bags. In addition to this line we will install new gusset and slit and seal system for off-line production of bottom sealed bags. For 2011 we are planning the start-up of a new, specially designed extrusion line for the production of biodegradable films.
Projects that are underway will increase the range of our products and the total capacity by 30%, which is a guarantee of faster and better service to our customers.
Again, we want to express our sincere thanks to all our distributors for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you at our European Sales Meeting which will be held in Madrid on October 14-15, 2010.
Have a great summer!
Boris Miksic and EcoCortec
contribute to the preservation
of nature on the Galapagos
Beli Manastir, June 15th 2010.
Boris Miksic collecting plastic garbage from Galapa-
gos beaches with National Geographic’s scientist Dr.
EcoCortec as the first Croatian bioplastic plant will provide 200,000 biodegradable bags for the needs of the Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Institute. That is EcoCortec’s gift for the preservation of the only ecosystem on the planet that is 86% intact, with flora and fauna as it was in 1859 when Darwin published his historic theory on evolution. Also participating in this project are the National Geographic Society and Lindblad Expeditions. With this gesture EcoCortec, the the first Croatian bioplastic plant, is showing that Croatian companies are actively participating in the preservation of nature on a global scale.
Eco Works bags, produced in Beli Manastir Croatia, meet strict EU and USA requirements on biodegradability.
EcoWorks Resin is a proprietary blend of aliphatic and aromatic polyesters designed for biodegradable film extrusion applications. In addition to the biodegradability, EcoWorks also contains Ingeo™ Biopolymer, an annually renewable resource derived from plant sugars. EcoWorks Resin provides an environmentally conscience alternative to polyethylene and polypropylene sheet materials. Formulating with EcoWorks Resin is customizable; it can be used as is or blended with other biodegradable materials and process additives to obtain desired properties.
• Garbage and Mulch Bags
• Community Composting Programs
• Grocery Bags
• T-shirt Bags
• Retail Packaging
PACKAGING AND STORAGE
Available in 454 kg (1000 lb) gaylords packaged in a barrier bag.
We are happy to announce that CorrTainer™ is now available in Europe. It is being produced and distributed by Cortec’s partner in Slovenia, Grafem d.o.o.
For information on pricing and delivery terms please contact Grafem d.o.o.
CorrTainer is a brand of VpCI™ corrugated boxes. The inside of the box is coated with Cortec’s Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor and a barrier coating which integrates safe, effective, multi-metal corrosion protection. CorrTainer is fully recyclable and repulpable. Does not contain nitrites, phosphates, silicates, or banned or restricted substances per RoHS and similar regulations. In many cases, CorrTainer eliminates the need for secondary packaging, is user friendly, and cost effective.
CorrTainer is most frequently used by customers that are shipping single-use packs of spare parts such as automotive brakes, clutches, or similar equipment. In this situation, CorrTainer eliminates the need for inserting internal packaging such as polyethylene bags or paper wraps. CorrTainer has proven highly effective at preserving multipacks of small items such as bearings, tools, bolts, and similar items. CorrTainer also works well in bulk or large dimension boxes when used with VpCI interleaver materials for export and storage of components ranging from rough castings to high-end multi-metal telecommunications equipment. In this type of situation, customers often use VpCI interleaver materials in combination with a box/crate liner from VpCI impregnated plastic. Using CorrTainer eliminates the need for the box/crate liner.
• One-step, one-SKU corrosion protection
• Genuine VpCI™ corrosion protection offers multi-metal vapor and contact protection
• Non-toxic, safe to use
• Eliminates need for more costly inner packaging
• Fully Biodegradable, repulpable, and recyclable
• Customizable for size, shape, form, and printing
METHODS AND APPLICATION
Products should be packaged clean and dry—free from contaminants such as fingerprints, oils, machining fluids, and corrosion. Simply place the item or items inside the box as you would any corrugated box. To achieve as long of protection as possible, ensure void space inside the package is minimized (use appropriately sized box for the application) and that airflow is not excessive. Close the box by sealing with tape or staples.
• Carbon Steel
• Stainless Steel
• Galvanized Metal
• Cast Iron
• Aluminum and Alloys
• Brass (</= 30% Zn)
PACKAGING AND STORAGE
To ensure the longest useful life possible, keep CorrTainer in its original packaging until immediately before use and minimize air change around the stored boxes prior to their use—wrapping in stretch film or using a polyethylene cover are usually sufficient. Once in use, CorrTainer will provide continuous contact and vapor protection for all enclosed items for periods of up to 24 months or longer depending on the storage
Oxo Additives Create More Problems Than
July 20th. 2009
Cortec® Corporation has developed several families of certified compostable film technologies, including Eco
Works® and Eco-Corr Film® that are certified commercially compostable per ASTM D 6400 and EN 13432
by BPI and Din Certco. All films that Cortec® manufactures as ‘biodegradable’ meets these international
specifications and go through rigorous 3rd party reviews prior to launching. These Cortec® films are viable
solutions for waste diversion goals of communities that want to remove as much material from landfills and
incinerators as possible. The latest generations from Cortec® also include renewable content that further
improves the sustainability of Cortec’s bioplastic options.
Older technology, marketed as “oxo-degradable”, where chemicals are added to traditional plastics in an
attempt to break them into smaller pieces, has been around since the mid 1980s. The following article from
ICIS Chemical Business attests, there are several concerns with these oxo-degradable technologies.
EcoCortec team is proud to announce that new Eco Works® T-shirt bags are now available for distribution throughout the world at highly competitive pricing, making EcoCortec Croatia global supplier of this new product.
Eco Works® Biodegradable & Compostable Films and Bags are specifically designed to replace LDPE, LLDPE and HDPE films used in a wide variety of applications ranging from protective industrial films, retail packaging and agricultural films to high performance organic collection bags with drawstring closures. Eco Works® T-shirt bags have properties superior to traditional non-biodegradable bags without sacrificing biodegradability or compostability. Eco Works® is internationally certified product with certification logos by ASTM and DIN CERTCO.
As compostability and environmental image become more and more important, Eco Works® offers a very marketable and responsible alternative to most films used in retail storage, shipping, display and packaging.
100% Biodegradable & Compostable
Contains NO POLYETHYLENE
Leaves no residue in finished compost
Superior strength, shelf-life and curb-life
Appearance comparable to HDPE
Contains annually-renewable, biobased resin blend
Biodegrades at the same rate as common organic material
Conversion to CO2 and H20 in weeks under commercial composting
Ideal for restaurants, schools, curb-side programs and agricultural uses
Certified under ASTM D 6400-99, DIN CERTCO, DIN V 54 900 and others
After the last month’s successful launch of EcoWorks EcoCortec d.o.o. Is proud to announce that new and improved EcoCorr® is now available for distribution throughout Europe.
EcoCorr® is a 100% biodegradable and compostable film utilizing Cortec’s patented VpCI® technology. In addition to offering 100% biodegradability, 100% compostability and VpCI® technology, EcoCorr® provides better tensile strength, tear strength and ultimate elongation than low density polyethylene films. EcoCorr® is also heat and water stable and does not disintegrate or break apart while in use. EcoCorr® provides contact, barrier, Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI®) for up to two years depending on storage conditions. Once exposed to soil or compost conditions, EcoCorr® will disintegrate rapidly (within weeks) and completely without contaminating the soil. EcoCorr is internationally certified product with certification logos by ASTM and DIN CERTCO.
• The first and only 100% biodegradable, 100% compostable packaging film that provides contact, barrier and vapor corrosion inhibition
• Provides multimetal corrosion inhibitor protection
• Extremely elastic
• Complete replacement for non-degradable and inferior blend films
• Compostable Testing under DIN V 54 900
• Plant Growth Testing under RAL GZ 251
• Ground Water Testing under DIN 38412 Part 30
Metal parts packaged in EcoCorr® receive continuous protection against salt, excessive humidity, condensation, moisture, aggressive industrial atmosphere and dissimilar metal corrosion. The Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitors vaporize and then condense on all metal surfaces in the enclosed package. VpCI® reaches every area of your part, protecting its exterior as well as hard to reach interior surfaces. You get complete product protection during storage as well as during domestic and overseas shipments, virtually eliminating any rust claims. Once the film is no longer needed, EcoCorr® can be composted and will degrade into carbon dioxide and water within weeks.
For shipping and storage applications, EcoCorr® is a great alternative to conventional polyethylene films. EcoCorr® has a shelf life of up to two years, when sealed in original packaging. Once removed and put to use, EcoCorr® will remain effective with regard to mechanical strength until film is placed in contact with material containing microorganisms, such as certain types of waste, soil, and compost. Under these conditions, 100% disintegration will occur within a few weeks with no residual contamination of the soil.
EcoCortec d.o.o. is proud to announce that new and improved Eco Works® is now available for distribution throughout Europe at highly competitive pricing.
Eco Works® Biodegradable & Compostable Films and Bags are specifically designed to replace LDPE, LLDPE and HDPE films used in a wide variety of applications ranging from protective industrial films, retail packaging and agricultural films to high performance organic collection bags with drawstring closures. Eco Works has properties superior to traditional non-biodegradable plastics without sacrificing biodegradability or compostability. Eco Works® is international certified product with certification logos by ASTM and DIN CERTCO.
This latest advancement in biodegradable plastic technologies offers composters a lower cost, more effective means of organic waste collection.
As compostability and environmental image become more and more important, Eco Works offers a very marketable and responsible alternative to most films used in retail storage, shipping, display and packaging.
• 100% Biodegradable & Compostable
• Contains NO POLYETHYLENE
• Leaves no residue in finished compost
• Superior strength, shelf-life and curb-life
• Appearance comparable to HDPE
• Contains annually-renewable, biobased resin blend
• Biodegrades at the same rate as common organic material
• Conversion to CO2 and H20 in weeks under commercial composting
• Ideal for restaurants, schools, curb-side programs and agricultural uses
• Certified under ASTM D 6400-99, DIN CERTCO, DIN V 54 900 and others
• Patented in US and Europe
EcoCortec d.o.o. is pleased to announce that we have surpassed our planned production
output for our inaugural year and has already ramped up production by purchasing and
installing new equipment. Triple-digit growth is expected throughout 2009 and 2010 and the
company is investing heavily to prepare for the rapid growth.
Production of biodegradable and VpCI films in the state-of-the-art Beli Manastir facility far
exceeded initial projections largely based on the surge in demand from European customers
for EcoWorks® renewable bioplastics and innovative, just-in-time availability of VpCI 126
Blue® corrosion inhibiting films, bags and shrouds.
During the October 2008 European Sales Strategy Meeting in Beli Manastir, the company
addressed the strategic importance of bioplastics for its customer base, especially during
difficult economic times. Cortec’s patented EcoWorks® is largely made from carbon-neutral,
annually-renewable plant-based resources which offer direct and indirect cost savings to endusers
during production, use and disposal. Since EcoWorks® is largely based on renewable
corn, there is a reduction of net carbon dioxide emissions of up to 70% - the equivalent of the
energy used to light a family house for the month for every 100 kilos of EcoWorks® used.
Having diverse raw material selection from traditional and renewable sources such as corn,
beets and sugars gives producers and those relying on packaging more sustainable growth
potential even during economic downturns. Additionally, by adhering to ASTM D 6400 and
EN 13432 specifications for compostability, end-users of Eco Works® have a wider range of
natural disposal methods than with traditional plastics.
In time of economic stress, only strong business models and brands can survive. With the a
globally certified and widely recognized brand, EcoWorks® and EcoCortec are uniquely
positioned to thrive in the upcoming years as communities focus on their social responsibility
and environmental impact and seek innovative cost saving measures for disposal of plastics
Cortec® EcoWorks® 45 biodegradable film for pet waste bags.
August 29th. 2008
Part of being a responsible pet owner is picking up after your pet.
In many cities and communities, it’s also the law. For years pet
owners have placed biodegradable dog waste into plastic bags that
can take over 100 years to decompose. Cortec® offers a planet
friendly solution: Doggy Poos™ bags.
Doggy Poos™ bags are EcoWorks® 45 bags specifically sized and
packaged for convenient and easy pet waste pick up and disposal.
Proud pet owners that are concerned for the environment are now
able to be responsible in their community by cleaning up after their
pets while not damaging the environment. These bags meet the
most stringent biodegradability standards worldwide, including EN
13432, ASTM D 6400, and are listed with Din Certo and BPI.
Simply purchase Doggy Poos™ bags for your pet, then dispose of the
waste in an environment rich with microorganism activity, and the
bags will completely biodegrade into carbon dioxide and water
within weeks. They are especially suitable for easy pickup and
disposal in a garden or municipal collection bin. Doggy Poos™ bags
are based on annually renewable content (45%), reducing the use of
petrochemical plastics. They are completely shelf stable and
waterproof – preventing messy leaks or tears.
EcoCortec--a pioneer in sustainable packaging technology
June 17th. 2008
EcoCortec--a pioneer in sustainable
packaging technology and manufacturing--is
pleased to announce the availability of Eco
Film bags specifically sized and packaged for
convenient and easy pet waste pick up and
disposal. Proud pet owners that are concerned
for the environment are now able to
be responsible in their community by cleaning
up after their pets, while not damaging the
environment. Eco Film bags are produced
locally in Croatia and are available throughout
Europe. Eco Film bags meet the most
stringent biodegradability standards worldwide
including EN 13432 and ASTM D 6400 and
are listed with Din Certco and BPI.
Zagreb also complete safety testing per European
Simply purchase Eco Film bags for your
pet and then dispose of the waste in an
environment rich with microorganism activity
and the bags will completely biodegrade into
carbon dioxide and water within weeks. This
is especially suitable for clean pickup and
easy disposal in a garden or municipal collection
bin. Eco Film bags by EcoCortec are
the strongest compostable bags available
anywhere in the world, they are completely
shelf stable and are completely waterproof—
preventing inconvenient and messy leaks and
EcoCortec EuroCovers Ready for Just-In-Time Deliveries!
June 17th. 2008
EcoCortec of Beli Manastir Croatia is
pleased to announce the introduction of stock
EuroCovers making palletizing and bundling a
one person job, reducing labor and time costs
by up to 75% compared to stretch wrapping.
EuroCovers from EcoCortec are properly sized
for Euro Pallets so there is no wasted plastic, no
excessive taping and stretch wrapping can be
reduced or completely eliminated. Best of all,
EcoCortec EuroCovers are in stock and ready
for immediate shipment throughout Europe.
Standard EuroCovers are made from a
proprietary blend of high strength plastic resins
and extruded on state-of-the-art blown film
extrusion line to ensure absolute quality control.
EuroCovers are also available with Vapor
phase Corrosion Inhibiting (VpCI) technology
to prevent damage to metal from corrosion
and even in globally certified biodegradable
Cortec Corporation European Sales and Strategy Meeting, October 10th & 11th 2008, Beli Manastir, Croatia
April 30th. 2008
It's that time again! We are pleased to invite you to the Cortec European Sales and Strategy Meeting. This year our meeting will be held in the beautiful region of Croatia – Baranja, in the city of Beli Manastir. This will be a great opportunity for those of you who didn’t have a chance to visit Cortec’s newest manufacturing facility, EcoCortec, to come and witness this state of the art production.
The dates are Friday and Saturday, October 10th and 11th. We have arranged to have rooms available at the Patria Hotel in Beli Manastir and Aristos Hotel in Zagreb for Sunday evening.
A tentative agenda is attached for your review. As you can see, we will do our usual Sales & Product review and strategy discussion and seminars on the "hottest" Cortec topics.
Please confirm your hotel reservation and seminars you will attend with Ivana Radic Borsic or Dijana Zrinski. You can contact Ivana at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 385-98-267-572 or Dijana Zrinski at email@example.com or 385-31-705-011.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Ivana Radic Borsic
Cortec East Europe
Cortec Corporation is pleased to announce implementation of stock program for our European and Asian distributors. Our best selling standard sizes are now available in metric, stacked on EU pallets and will be shipped within 24 hours from receiving your order from EcoCortec, Beli Manastir. This is our commitment to you in order to help you increase your trading margins.
We are using this opportunity to inform you that European Sales Meeting is scheduled for 10th and 11th of October 2008, in Beli Manastir, Croatia. Detailed program of exciting new sessions and fun events will be sent to you in the near future.
This year we have participated on the national contest for the best package CROPAK 2006. The Croatian Prize for the best Package CROPAK is founded 2004
Organized by Institute for Packaging and Graphic Arts Industry, "Packaging, Graphic Arts Industry" trade journal and Tectus d.o.o. company, CROPAK 2006 awards and diplomas for best packaging in Croatia were awarded in 5 categories on May 18th 2006 in "Plitvice Lakes" National Park.
Purpose of this competition is to promote using the package as important factor in protection and in the marketing. Also like support innovation leading to lower environmental impact of durable plastic products, and the identification and evaluation of eco-efficient.
Between 37 nominations, EcoCortec has conquered even two first prizes.
In category Engine, system, equipment, complete project of waste treatment:
Plant of biodegradable plastics
In category Eco- packaging: Eco Works- Biodegradable Films and Bags