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ASCO Carbon Dioxide acquires shares of HTC Purenergy

ASCO Carbon Dioxide Ltd. resident in Romanshorn, Switzerland, a wholly owned affiliate of the Messer Schweiz AG, announces that it has established a long term cooperation with HTC Purenergy Inc. located in Regina, Canada. ASCO acquires from HTC 4,500,000 treasury shares representing a shareholding of close to 20 per cent.

ASCO covers the full range of CO2 − from automatic dry ice production machines to CO2 production and recovery plants, from dry ice blasting technology to cylinder filling systems, vaporisers and other CO2 equipment.

HTC is listed at the Toronto Stock Exchange under TSX-V:HTC. It is an energy company focused on providing commercial engineering solutions to gas processors, oil & natural gas producers and other major industry sectors including companies producing fertilizer, cement, steel, aluminum, thermal power, lime and petro-chemical. HTC's Engineering Services and Products are designed to increase production, reduce operating costs, mitigate risk and manage process impurities. HTC personnel are fully qualified engineers with expertise and know-how in the energy, petro-chemical and other global industry sectors.