Magazine article National Defense

Trans-Atlantic Agreement Helps Firms Gain Foothold in Environmental Market

Magazine article National Defense

Trans-Atlantic Agreement Helps Firms Gain Foothold in Environmental Market

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In an international venture brokered by Seattle-based Boeing, companies from the United States and The Netherlands are partnering in an effort to help the European nation meet increasingly stringent environmental regulations for hazardous materials.

The project was part of an offset agreement between Boeing and the Dutch government as a result of arms sales to that nation.

Two companies-the Mirachem Corporations of Tempe, Arizona, and H.L. Van Leeuwen BV of Waalwijk, The Netherlands-signed a distributorship agreement earlier this summer for the sale of Mirachem's line of worker-safe cleaners and degreasers, as well as rust and scale removers.

The agreement is designed to help Mirachem penetrate the European market for its products and calls for the eventual manufacture of Mirachem products in The Netherlands.

Van Leeuwen is a trading company that distributes products throughout Europe and the Middle East. The deal with the United States came as a result of AH-64D Apache sales by Boeing to the Royal Netherlands Air Force in 1995.

As part of that purchase, The Boeing Company agreed to help with the introduction of new technologies to The Netherlands through joint ventures, distributorships and licensing agreements.

Linking Van Leeuwen with Mirachem, whose products are being used at the Boeing Douglas products division in Long Beach, California, "made sense," said Andre Doumitt, the Boeing project manager who helped broker the deal.

"This Mirachem product is new technology," he said. …

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