News release

Japan Mission a Success for Nova Scotia Company

Environmental Disposal Concepts Inc. (EDCI) has landed a lucrative distribution and licensing agreement in Japan. The deal arose after the company participated in a recent Export to Japan Study Program sponsored by the Japan External Trade Organization.

"In addition to getting a distribution deal, we gained a lot of insight on how to be effective in the Japanese market," said program participant Dana Emmerson, EDCI's president and chief executive officer. "There's lots of potential in the marketplace and we received great exposure."

Emmerson's company was one of 40 from around the world chosen to take part in nine days of presentations, field trips, information exchanges and business meetings in Japan from Feb. 22 to March 2. The Japan External Trade Organization learned of EDCI through the environmental industries and technologies division of the Department of Environment during a visit to Nova Scotia last fall.

"It's great to hear about another Nova Scotia company selling environmental expertise to world markets," said Environment Minister Michel Samson. "Part of our mandate is to help companies like this make global business contacts and our efforts are working."

Located in Dartmouth's Burnside Industrial Park, EDCI's distribution deal is for the Bulb Eater, a crushing unit for spent fluorescent light tubes. The crushing unit eliminates exposure to phosphorous dust and mercury vapour from broken light tubes through a built-in carbon absorption system and particle filter. It's used by educational institutions, hospitals, residential complexes and office buildings, as well as manufacturing, commercial and industrial sites.

The Environment Department's environmental industries and technologies division works with Nova Scotia companies to help them develop, manufacture and export environmental products and services. Its goal is to build a strong base of world-class companies that offer environmentally sound practices and products for use in Nova Scotia and throughout the world.

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A Dartmouth company has signed a lucrative distribution and licensing agreement in Japan.

Environmental Disposal Concepts Inc. of Burnside signed the agreement after participating in a recent Export to Japan Study Program.

The distribution deal is for the Bulb Eater, which is a crushing unit for used fluorescent light tubes. It's used by hospitals, residential complexes and other institutions.

Environmental Disposal Concepts Inc. was one of 40 from around the world chosen to take part in nine days of presentations and business meetings in Japan last month.

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Contact:

Dana Emmerson
Environmental Disposal Concepts Inc. 902-468-5658 E-mail:
Angela Poirier
Department of Environment 902-424-2575 E-mail:
ngr                     March 10, 1999              11:47 a.m.