ReBase Products Inc. is negotiating to establish a Kentucky facility that will be able to process at least 20,000 pounds of carbide lime per hour for use as a resin filler.
``Throughput doesn't begin to cover demand,'' D. Mark Meade, president and chief executive officer, said in a telephone interview from his Barrie, Ontario, office. He positions the material as a standardized, high-quality filler costing less than calcium carbonate or talc.
Using ReBase technology, Energy Fluid Aljet Inc. of Plumsteadville, Pa., is manufacturing a system costing C$2.5 million (US$1.55 million) to pulverize, dry, jet mill and classify carbide lime.
By September, operations to supply railroad-car loads of the commodity in the U.S. market may begin at Carbide/Graphite Group Inc.'s Calvert City, Ky., facility. That plant generates carbide lime, or calcium hydroxide, as a byproduct of manufacturing acetylene gas.
Since March 1997, ReBase has processed about 400,000 pounds from various sites on a used 4,000-pound-per-hour machine in a leased, 10,000-square-foot facility in Midland, Ontario, principally for the Canadian market. In marketing its carbide lime under the White Knight 100 name, ReBase gave about 80 percent of that to market prospects.
ReBase's engineers help an extruder, injection molder, sheet producer or compounder analyze current formulations, adjust lubricants and run production trials.
ReBase plans to begin processing 800,000 pounds of mineral deposits from Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia at the first of several European locations by 1999's second quarter.
Meade founded ReBase in 1994 and owns 67 percent. The firm employs 16, has invested C$3 million (US$1.86 million) so far and is completing a financing of C$6 million (US$3.72 million) for equipment and expansion costs.