THE JOURNEY FROM ASH TO CASH
BSB Development & Investment Co. Ltd, an established multi-faceted business, forayed into the rice world through the formulation of rice-based milk, a widely popular beverage in Vietnam. Strategically located in the Mekong Delta, the rice basket of Vietnam, BSB taps into the country’s position as the 5th largest rice producer to access the main ingredient to its healthy beverage product. While feeding this nutritious gift of nature to the people of Vietnam, BSB was presented with large amounts of rice husk, a waste product of rice milling. Building upon the business principle of reducing waste by reuse, BSB has embarked on a journey to discover the value that rice husk could offer.
In the attempt to derive by-products from rice husk, BSB learns that the most significant value held within rice husk ash is the high content of naturally present silica. Currently, sand and quartz are the only other naturally occurring silica sources. However, extracting silica from sand and quartz not only causes health hazards, but sand mining by itself presents a huge ecological and sociological problem. The utilization of rice husk ash to produce nanoporous silica is a positive step towards both a bio-based and circular economy, as ultrafine silica/nanosilica can be manufactured from this renewable resource and agricultural waste.
After 4 years of extensive research and development, a highly dedicated team of researchers of BSB has successfully harnessed amorphous silica in its highest purity and quality from this waste material using a unique and patented technology. A new bio-based nanoporous silica under the BIOSIL brand is now commercially available and can be customized to suit an array of applications.
OUR PROMISE TODAY FOR A BETTER TOMORROW
Today, BSB is recognized as the world's first producer of rice husk based nanoporous silica on a commercial scale. We are currently working with several global partners to expand the range of BIOSIL’s applications from the Paints and Coatings to Rubber additives and Cosmetics industries.
To ensure that our products are delivered with its promised quality and committed schedule, BSB undertook rigorous training and auditing to refine its operation, and production process and documentation to achieve the ISO QMS certification in 2020.
The company has embarked on a roadmap to become a global producer and developer of rice husk based nanoporous silica in both production volume and diverse applications.