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  • International Fuel ($IFUE) stands to capture share in the worldwide bio-fuel market 2 comments
    Jun 29, 2011 6:34 PM

    Trying to commercialize a revolutionary, breakthrough technology is a long, arduous process. Despite clear evidence of   efficacy in the lab and in the field, there is always resistance to change-- especially from those existing products that have the most to lose.International Fuel faced enormous roadblocks in its efforts to launch its fuel additive formulations that not only improve fuel economy but also reduce pollution and engine maintenance costs and are easy to use (splashing).


    The company has persisted and the payoff appears to be at hand:


    The worldwide production of bio-diesel as a diesel fuel renewable extender is rapidly increasing, fueled by the emergence of national and/or regional bio-fuel mandates. All these bio-diesel productions need to be stabilized in order to meet the oxidation stability specifications that have been adopted around the world to guarantee the quality of bio-diesel.


    Worldwide production (outsourced) and distribution are in place to sell the company’s engineered liquid fuel additive formulations specifically designed to provide superior oxidation stability, long term storage stability, and deposit formation control to bio-diesel and bio-diesel fuel blends.


    Patent position is strong, with a number having been granted and more expected.


    Potential markets are large: In Brazil alone, there is a $30 million potential. In the European Union (NYSEARCA:EU), 100% market penetration could produce revenue approximating $37 million. Sales have already been posted in several of these EU countries.


    IFT’s breakthrough technology is gaining recognition as one of the top performing technologies for bio-diesel stabilization. It has received the coveted “No Harm” certification from the German-based Association for the Quality Management of Bio-diesel (AGQM) under its “No-Harm and Efficiency” program.  AGQM’s “No Harm” certification is the international standard in the bio-diesel industry due to the demanding requirements necessary to obtain such certification. In many markets, AGQM “No Harm” certification is required to enter that market.



    Harris L. Berenholz, CFA

    Disclosure: I own IFUE shares.

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