ClearSign Asia, LTD Formed
Announces Letter of Intent with Largest Conglomerate in China for Investment, Accelerated Market Access and Support
SEATTLE, Nov. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- ClearSign Combustion Corporation (NASDAQ: CLIR), an emerging leader in industrial combustion technologies that reduce emissions and improve efficiency, today announced the launch of ClearSign Asia, LTD, Hong Kong, as well as receipt of a Letter of Intent (LOI) from TG CITIC Environment Investment Group (TG CITIC) which is a joint venture between Tangsteel and CITIC. Tangsteel is one of the largest steel manufacturing state-owned enterprises in China was founded in 1943 and is headquartered in Tangshan, Hebei. The CITIC portion of TG CITIC is CITIC Environment Investment Group, a 100% owned subsidiary of CITIC Group Corporation, is CITIC's premier investment platform focused on energy savings and environmental protection technologies. The CITIC Group is recognized as the largest conglomerate in China with business interests in virtually all industrial and service segments in China including financial services, engineering, contracting, infrastructure, manufacturing, IT, real estate, and a range of other businesses.
The LOI from TG CITIC indicates their interest and intent in investment in ClearSign Asia, LTD as well as assisting in accelerating the marketing and promotion of ClearSign products for the Chinese market. The parties expect to reach a definitive agreement in 2018.
Based in Hong Kong, ClearSign Asia, LTD will have exclusive rights in greater China and key markets in the Asia Pacific region to certain ClearSign Combustion Corporation (USA) intellectual property. ClearSign expects that ClearSign Asia, LTD shall own and develop one or more Wholly Owned Foreign Entities (WOFEs) within China. The WOFEs are expected to develop the Chinese market for ClearSign solutions and products through joint ventures (JV) with partners in specific market segments. ClearSign expects TG CITIC to be a financial partner in the WOFE(s) and bring their considerable expertise and understanding of the market to bear on ClearSign's commercial activities in China.
"It has always been our intention to form a strategic partnership with a world class company that recognizes the benefits of our revolutionary technologies and products," said ClearSign Chairman and CEO Steve Pirnat. "The fact that a division of the CITIC Group, one of the largest, most innovative companies in the world, has expressed their desire to partner and invest in ClearSign is a major milestone for our company."
For more information about ClearSign visit: www.clearsign.com.
About ClearSign Combustion Corporation
ClearSign Combustion Corporation designs and develops products and technologies for the purpose of improving key performance characteristics of combustion systems, including emissions and operational performance, energy efficiency and overall cost-effectiveness. Our patented Duplex™, Duplex Plug & Play™ and Electrodynamic Combustion Control™ platform technologies enhance the performance of combustion systems in a broad range of markets, including the energy (upstream oil production and down-stream refining), commercial/industrial boiler, chemical, petrochemical, and power industries. For more information, please visit www.clearsign.com.
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