Proviron (Process and Environment) Industries is a Belgium based, family run company that focuses on production in three chemical areas: niche plasticizers, specialty esters and surfactants.
These three families of products are sold into 5 target markets: polymer additives, waterborne systems, bio energy, feed additives and functional chemicals. The deicing fluids belong to the latter. Proviron has been producing deicing chemicals as of 1987.
In 2008, the turnover was 120 million €, generated on three sites (2 in Belgium, one in USA), with a team of 340 employees.
The company is able to perform complex large and small scale chemical processes thanks to well-studied installations and in-house high technology. Our well-equipped laboratory guarantees an optimum production control and offers large research possibilities. A high-level team dedicated to customer satisfaction, safety and environmental respect is the key to our development.
Proviron Industries n.v. manufacture and market Provifrost KF, a potassium formate-based runway de-icer as well as the potassium acetate-based Cryotech Runway Deicing Products: liquid Cryotech E 36 and solid Cryotech NAAC. The liquid runway deicers Provifrost KF and Cryotech E36 are produced in Europe by Proviron Industries nv. Cryotech E36 under licence agreement for Cryotech USA.
Now more than ever the aviation industry must keep as much control over its impact on the environment as possible. Those in charge of airports and military bases who are concerned with the quality of water draining from the airfield, but also need a high quality deicer, would benefit from using Provifrost KF, Cryotech E36 LRD and CryotechNAAC. These safe deicer products will not cause negative effects when they come into contact with water systems. With increased concerns about chemicals reaching local water systems, airport managers believe Proviron deicers to be an indispensable tool when managing environmental issues associated with storm water run-off.
Runway Deicing Fluid
Proviron supply two different runway deicing fluid products, both with their own features and benefits. Provifrost KF is a potassium formate based deicer and Cryotech E36 is potassium acetate based.
Both of these products have been engineered to be safe for the environment. They both biodegrade easily at low temperatures and require less oxygen to do so compared to similar urea and glycol based deicing chemicals. They also indicate a low level of toxicity to plants and animals.
Provifrost KF and Cryotech E36 are excellent for use as a deicer and an anti-icer. They work effectively to temperatures of -50ºC and beyond. The products are designed to have a residual effect and can therefore work longer, require fewer applications and are less slippery than glycol based products.
When used as an anti-icer prior to snow or ice forming both products form a film over the ground, preventing ice and snow from bonding with the surface. The snow and ice is then significantly easier to remove from the ground. As a deicer both products are able to penetrate even the most tightly packed snow and ice. They then attack the bonds that hold the snow and ice together. This allows for the easy mechanical removal. Both products are also effective for use as a pre-wetting agent for solid deicers.
Cryotech NAAC is a solid deicing product, composed of 97% anhydrous sodium acetate. The first trials at an airport were carried out during the winter of 1997- 98. The results from the trials showed exceptional performance increases of Cryotech NAAC when compared to trihydrate grade sodium acetate and urea based products.
Cryotech NAAC is made using Cryotech's innovative manufacturing method. NAAC is designed to be a small spherical pellet. Being constructed in this way minimizes excess dust, reduces the chances of compaction when in storage, and results in uniform spread patterns.
NAAC contains under 1% corrosion inhibitors and is also safe to use with our liquid potassium acetate and potassium formate deicers. Therefore, pre-wetting the product with Provifrost KF or Cryotech E36 is an acceptable practice.