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February 22, 2018

Coulson Ice Blast Announces Dry Ice UK as UK Distributor

Coulson Ice Blast Announces Dry Ice UK as UK Distributor
Dry Ice UK to sell, rent out and provide contract cleaning services with Coulson Ice Blast products

Grimsby, UK, [February 21, 2018] Coulson Ice Blast is excited to announce that Dry Ice UK will be the UK distributor of all Coulson Ice Blast Products.

When a new technology comes along with the potential to replace an older technology, there is often resistance from companies who’ve invested in that older technology. But then there are the pioneers, companies that see how their expertise in an industry can apply to the new as well as the old, who see opportunity. Dry Ice UK is such a company. They were previously focused on dry ice production, supply and dry ice blasting, but see the potential that blasting with ice made from water has to disrupt the industrial cleaning industry.

Dry Ice UK sells dry ice for many different applications, such as food storage and transportation, special effects, as well as for use in blasting. They rent out and distribute dry ice blasting equipment, while providing blasting services to those who’d rather contract out the work.

Coulson Ice Blast is particularly excited to partner with Dry Ice UK because of their team of blasting experts who advise and provide training on how ice blasting can be used to its full potential for each unique application. This team can go onsite to evaluate the work environment and plan a customized cleaning operation, so as to minimize process disruption and contracted time, while maximizing effectiveness. Dry Ice UK provides ice blasting services UK wide at any time suitable to the client, including evenings, overnight, weekends and during shutout periods.

January 26, 2018

Coulson Ice Blast Receives Business Excellence Award

Award recognizes innovative businesses based in Vancouver Island that have seen rapid growth in 2017

Vancouver Island, British Columbia, [January 25, 2018] Coulson Ice Blast received the Industrial Manufacturer Award during the 18th annual Vancouver Island Business Excellence Awards, hosted by Business Examiner, a publication focusing on British Columbia based businesses.

Coulson Ice Blast was nominated for the award by the Economic Development department of the City of Port Alberni.

The Business Excellence Awards recognizes businesses that have seen extraordinary innovation and expansion in 2017, through the development of new products, facilities and/or a large increase in sales and number of employees. Coulson Ice Blast was a clear choice, standing out in all these categories. “We are thrilled to be recognized by the Business Examiner for our achievements in 2017,” said Foster Coulson, Vice President of Coulson Ice Blast. “It takes a team of very dedicated individuals coming together with a common goal in order to redefine an industry that has, until now, seen no real innovation in the past 40 years. We know where we want to take this business, and we’re proud to have our achievements recognized as we continue to execute on that vision.”

2017 was a big year for Coulson Ice Blast, with the design of its signature IceStorm90 ice blasting machine coming to fruition, the first industrial cleaning machine on the market to use crushed ice cubes as a blast media. The technology is similar to sandblasting, but it uses compressed air to propel grain-sized ice particles instead of sand.

Ice blasting has several main advantages over competing technologies. It uses 1/10th the water compared to a pressure washer, while being much more effective at lower pressures, making it ideal for blasting in areas with water scarcity or situations where reduced moisture is required. However, it is still a wet process, forming a mist around the work surface. This mist captures airborne contaminants and drags them downwards. The substance being cleaned off collects on the ground in a neat slushy pile. Due to this process and the reduced moisture, containment and removal of waste material is made easy, with just a simple tarp needed, placed beneath the blast zone. In addition to the cost and time savings associated with reduced containment setup and disposal, ice is also a very inexpensive media.

At the start of the year, Coulson Ice Blast was composed of a small team of design engineers. By the end of the year, with the commercial success of the product, the signing of distributor agreements around the world and its recognition by several publications and awards, Coulson Ice Blast now boasts a newly renovated production facility, complete with dedicated production, purchasing and logistics, engineering and sales teams.

The Business Excellence award rounds out a year in which several publications recognized the accomplishments of Coulson Ice Blast. At the start of 2017, the Discovery Channel produced an episode of their show Daily Planet on the topic of Coulson Ice Blast’s cleaning technology. In November, the IceStorm90 stood on stage alongside projects from NASA, MIT Labs and Oak Ridge National Laboratory as it received the prestigious R&D 100 award and was named “one of the 100 most technologically significant new products of the year” by R&D Magazine.

November 20, 2017

Coulson Ice Blast’s IceStorm90 – 2017 R&D 100 Award Winner

[November 19, 2017] Coulson Ice Blast’s IceStorm90 has been recognized as “One of the 100 most technologically significant new products of the year” by R&D Magazines 55th annual R&D 100 Awards.

The R&D 100 Award winning IceStorm90 is a non-abrasive blasting machine which uses ice as the blasting media. The result is a cleaning machine that uses significantly less water than a pressure washer and can also replace other commonly used cleaning methods and machines including: dry ice blasting, abrasive media (sand) blasting, and chemical cleaning.

“To see the IceStorm90 get recognized as one of the top 100 most technologically significant products of 2017, and be surrounded by so many other innovative companies and organizations, is a real triumph and something we are extremely proud of.” says Foster Coulson, Vice President of Coulson Ice Blast.

Coulson Ice Blast is a technology company based in Port Alberni, BC whose goal is to effect positive change in the industrial and precision cleaning sectors by providing tailored products that are an environmentally-friendly and effective cleaning solution.

The R&D 100 Awards have served as the most prestigious innovation awards program for the past 55 years, honoring great R&D pioneers and their revolutionary ideas in Science and Technology. The R&D100 awards recognize the most promising new products, processes, materials, or software developed throughout the world and introduced to the market the previous year.

October 25, 2017

Coulson Ice Blast Announces Corrosion Coatings ltd. as Trinidad and Tobago Distributor

Princes Town, Trinidad, [October 24, 2017] Coulson Ice Blast is partnering with Corrosion Coatings ltd. for the distribution of all Coulson Ice Blast products in Trinidad and Tobago. Corrosion Coatings ltd. is specialized in the cleaning, inspection, surface preparation and protective coatings industries. They are heavily involved in the offshore oil industry, providing cleaning, recoating and aerial drone surveillance services on offshore oil rigs, with clients including Shell, BP and the Power Generation Company of Trinidad and Tobago.

As a company, the core objectives of Corrosion Coatings ltd. match closely with those of Coulson Ice Blast: promoting innovative new products that get the job done faster while being safer, cheaper, cleaner and resulting in less waste. They seek out new technologies from around the world that align with this vision and bring them to the Trinidad and Tobago market.

Corrosion Coatings ltd. pride themselves on their analyses of overall cost, time and effectiveness when looking at which process and technology is right for which job, generating detailed comparison reports for clients. In the past they have used both ultra-high pressure water and dry ice for pipe, corrosion and petrochemical cleaning. Their excitement in taking on the Coulson Ice Blast torch in the region of Trinidad and Tobago thus says a lot about the effectiveness and gain in media cost savings, reduced waste and ease of containment that blasting with crushed ice cubes offers.

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August 31, 2017

Coulson Ice Blast Announces Partnership with Distributor MFC Corporation

Talinn, Estonia, [August 14, 2017] Coulson Ice Blast is proud to announce a partnership with MFC corporation, who will be the authorized distributor of Coulson Ice Blast products for the territories of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Poland. Based in Estonia, with seven European locations, MFC Corporation will not only distribute Coulson Ice Blast’s IceStorm90 TM, but will operate their own fleet of machines, in addition to offering maintenance and repair services to our clients.
MFC Corporation’s main businesses areas are: Industrial, Shipping, Off-Shore, and Industrial Cleaning Services. “MFC is proud to partner with Coulson Ice Blast. We believe Coulson’s Ice Blasting technology is the best industrial cleaning tool on the market.” Paavo Leego, CEO of MFC Corporation stated during the official contract signing.

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August 10, 2017

Coulson Ice Blast a Finalist for Prestigious R&D 100 Awards

Orlando, Florida, [August 10, 2017] Coulson Ice Blast’s IceStorm90 ice blasting machine has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious R&D 100 awards! The R&D 100 awards, considered the most prestigious recognition of innovation, were established by R&D Magazine in 1963 and have honored the 100 most innovative technologies of every year since.
Coulson Ice Blast is in good company, with other finalists for the award including NASA, Los Alamos National Laboratory, General Motors, IBM, HP, Dow Corning, Hitachi and MIT Lincoln Laboratory in recognition of projects that span advances in medical technology, gene expression profiling, drone flight software systems, material science, radiation shields for spacecraft, adhesives, microchip electronics and imaging technology, among many others. Winners are announced on November 17th.

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