Opcon: Signs Letter of Intent with Snowman to establish Opcon Powerbox JV for China
ET | Source:Opcon AB
Energy and environmental technology group Opcon AB (publ) has signed a Letter of
Intent with its strategic partner Fujian Snowman Co. Ltd., Fuzhou, Fujian, China
on the formation of a Joint Venture for the marketing, manufacturing and sales
of Opcon’s Waste Heat Recovery technology, the Opcon Powerbox in China and parts
of Southeast Asia.
In order to develop the Chinese market and an industrialized manufacturing base
for the Opcon Powerbox the parties’ intention is to form a joint venture that
will be owned 51% by Snowman and 49% by Opcon.
Opcon will grant a license for manufacturing, marketing and sales of its
proprietary Opcon Powerbox ORC and WST (West Steam Turbine) technology to the JV
who will aim to develop Snowman’s existing manufacturing base for future low
-cost, quality manufacturing of Opcon Powerbox ORC and WST in China.
Furthermore, the JV will be granted exclusive manufacturing and sales rights of
the Opcon Powerbox in China and a mix of exclusive and non-exclusive rights for
some other parts of Southeast Asia. The value of the Opcon Powerbox
manufacturing, marketing and sales rights to be granted to the JV will be used
by Opcon as contribution in kind for equity. What is not used as contribution in
kind should be paid as Royalty by the JV to Opcon.
The Joint Venture will be responsible for setting up solutions for producing
electricity from the Opcon Powerbox out of surplus and waste heat in China which
is considered the world's largest market. The parties aim to finalize the Joint
Venture contract during the summer of 2014.
In order to reduce time to market for the joint venture Snowman has also placed
an order for one Opcon Powerbox ORC and one Opcon Powerbox WST manufactured in
Sweden to be delivered for operation in China.
“Waste Heat Recovery is a grand opportunity to a global problem and one of the
most promising venues for energy efficiency and reducing emissions. We believe
China will be the most interesting market for Waste Heat Recovery technology for
a foreseeable future. By combining Opcon’s state-of-the-art technology and know
-how with Snowman’s outstanding quality control, low-cost manufacturing
advantage and local market presence we aim to create a strong player that can
make the Opcon Powerbox an economic and environmental success in China and
abroad says Rolf Hasselström, CEO of Opcon AB.”
”We have been trying to find the right partner in order to successfully enter
the strong growing Chinese market with the Opcon Powerbox technology for some
time. In the last few years we have built a very good relationship between Opcon
and Snowman. A relationship that we are now taking yet another step. Our vision
for this is not only to develop the very large local Chinese market but also to
create a cost-effective high performance manufacturing base for Opcon’s sales in
other countries as well”, Rolf Hasselström, CEO of Opcon AB said.
“With the cooperation between SNOWMAN and OPCON in setting up a Powerbox JV in
China, we will be able to provide the Chinese and the Southeast Asian market
with the most advanced "ORC" and "WST" products and system technology. By
combining the mature screw expander technology from OPCON with the prominent
cost control ability of SNOWMAN, we will promote the development of the waste
heat recovery industry in the area. The target of our JV is to become the
biggest and strongest enterprise for ORC and WST system application in China and
Southeast Asia.”, said Rujie Lin, the President and General Manager of Fujian
Snowman Co., Ltd.
Fuijan Snowman Co. Ltd was founded in 2000 and is listed on the Shenzen stock
exchange. The Group has around 700 employees. Snowman is one of China’s major
actors in industrial cooling. Marketing of its goods and services is primarily
done through the brand Snowkey and RefComp.
For further information, please contact
Niklas Johansson, vice president, Investor Relations, Opcon AB, tel. 46 8-466 45
00, 46-70-592 54 53
Opcon AB, Box 15085, 104 65 Stockholm, Sweden
Tel. 46 8-466 45 00, fax 46 8-716 76 61
The Opcon Group
Opcon is an energy and environmental technology Group that develops, produces
and markets systems and products for eco-friendly, efficient and resource
-effective use of energy.
Opcon has activities in Sweden, Germany and the UK. There are around 150
employees. The company’s shares are listed on Nasdaq OMX Stockholm. The Group
comprises one business area:
Renewable Energy focuses on the following areas: compressor technology,
electricity generation based on waste heat, bioenergy-powered heating and CHP
plants, pellets plants, handling systems for biomass, sludge, recycling
industry and natural gas, industrial cooling, flue gas condensation, treatment
of flue gases and air systems for fuel cells.
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