Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited Reports Ballast Water Treatment Systems (“BWTS”) Update
HONG KONG, July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Euro Tech Holdings Company Limited (Nasdaq: CLWT) today reported that the company has recently obtained type approval certificate from China’s Classification Society (CCS) for its 300 Cubic Meters per hour BWTS.
The company is planning to develop a larger size of BWTS of 750 Cubic Meters per hour to meet different requirements of its potential customers, while looking for qualified personnel and distribution channels to market and sell its existing BWTS. The company may seek strategic partners or external investors for further expansion of its BWTS business.
BWTS is an imminent requirement by The International Maritime Organization (“IMO”) to prevent the biological unbalance caused by the estimated 12 billion tons of ballast water transported across the seas by ocean-going vessels when their ballast water tanks are emptied or refilled. In 2012, ballast water discharge standard became a law in the US. Any vessel constructed in December 2013 or later will need to comply when entering US waters, and existing vessels will follow shortly after. The market potential for retrofits and new installations of BWTS in these old and new ocean-going vessels is enormous.
Certain statements in this news release regarding the Company’s expectations, estimates, present view of circumstances or events, and statements containing words such as estimates, anticipates, intends, or expects, or words of similar import, constitute forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements indicate uncertainty and the Company can give no assurance with regard to actual outcomes. Specific risk factors may include, without limitation, having the Company’s offices and operations situated in Hong Kong and China, doing business in China, competing with Chinese manufactured products, competing with the Company’s own suppliers, dependence on vendors, and lack of long term written agreements with suppliers and customers, development of new products, entering new markets, possible downturns in business conditions, increased competition, loss of significant customers, availability of qualified personnel, negotiating definitive agreements, new marketing efforts and the timely development of resources. See the “Risk Factor” discussions in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 20-F for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.