SOY BASED TONER RECOGNIZED WITH E.P.A. AWARD

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SOY BASED TONER RECOGNIZED WITH E.P.A. AWARD

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    Soy Toner Recognized with EPA Award
    Printers
    and copiers around the globe will soon be changed for the better as
    they will begin to use soy-based toner – an environmentally friendly
    technology developed in Ohio and most recently recognized by the U.S.
    Government. The Ohio Soybean Council, Battelle and Advanced Image
    Resources, key investors in the research, development and
    commercialization of soy resins and toner, were recently awarded the
    2008 Presidential Green Chemistry Award by the Environmental Protection
    Agency.This new and innovative technology is being commercialized by
    AIR, a Georgia-based company, and will be available on the market later
    this year. AIR will produce the soy-based resin that serves as the
    building block for the new toner, and sold under the trade names BioRez
    and Rezilution.

    The EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge
    promotes research to develop less-toxic alternatives to existing
    technologies, and to reduce or eliminate waste generated from
    industrial production. An independent panel of technical experts
    convened by the American Chemical Society selected winners from the
    nearly 100 nominations for this recognition.The research and
    development of soy-based resins and toner has been funded over the
    years by Ohio soybean farmers through their monetary contributions to
    the soybean checkoff program, managed by OSC, and successful work by
    researchers at Battelle made this new technology possible.”For many
    years, OSC has invested Ohio soybean farmers’ checkoff dollars at
    Battelle to develop new industrial uses for soybeans, and soy-based
    toner is just one example of how these investments are succeeding in
    creating new markets for Ohio soybean farmers,” says Dan Corcoran, OSC
    Chairman.There are many advantages of soy-based resins and toners. Not
    only are these products grown, manufactured and distributed in the
    U.S., but it is a big step to reducing our dependence on foreign oil.
    With gasoline priced over $4.00 per gallon in the U.S., and no signs of
    it dropping significantly in the near future, reducing our use of
    petroleum and petroleum products is an important benefit of using
    products like soy-based toner, which is made from soybeans that are
    renewable and domestically produced. Not to mention, this is a huge
    market opportunity for companies wanting to take advantage of this new
    technology.”With more than 400 million pounds of petroleum-derived
    toners and resins used annually in the U.S. to make 3 trillion copies
    in photocopiers and printers, there is a great market opportunity for
    soy-based toners and resins,” says Tom Gandolfi, AIR President. “While
    other soy-based inks have been used in the printing industry for over
    15 years, gaining a 30% market share, this new technology is the first
    of its kind in the laser printer and copier industry.”