Founded in 1997, GOTAR Technologies got its start through contracts with ALCAN, a global leader in aluminium production. Very quickly, the effectiveness of its solutions won the young company a contract to clean the alumina plant’s precipitators with a specialized application still in use today—a testament to the robustness of Gotar solutions. As a result, GOTAR’s customer base expanded rapidly, especially in the pulp and paper, primary metals, and mining industries.
Within two years of its inception, the fast-growing company began exporting its solutions to the United States and the Caribbean. Energy companies were particularly interested in GOTAR’s applications, especially in the Dominican Republic and the United States.
In 2002, the first applications using Gotar products were implemented in refineries and petrochemical plants. That same year, an agreement was signed with Newport News Industrial, a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman. Through Newport News, GOTAR Technologies gained access to the nuclear power market. Over the following years, Gotar solutions were applied for maintenance work in nuclear power plants in the United States.
In Canada, the country’s biggest hydroelectric power producer, Hydro-Québec, began using Gotar solutions at its power plants. In addition, major projects were implemented at distribution facilities beginning in 2003. Subsequently, a technical team from GOTAR Technologies intervened directly to perform work on one of the largest hydraulic systems in Quebec (at Duvernay) in the fall of 2003.
The success continued, and more prestigious customers joined those already mentioned. Today, GOTAR’s customer roster is studded with some of the biggest names in industry: AbitibiBowater, Alcoa, BP Amoco, Dominion Generation, Hexion, Wabush Mines, Mittal Steel, Smurfit-Stone, Ultramar, U.S. Steel, Western Refining, Williams Alaska Petroleum, Xstrata—and the list goes on!
The number of solutions offered by GOTAR has increased over the years, as has the number of potential applications for its products. This, in turn, has boosted the number of potential markets, and growth has inevitably followed. Today GOTAR offers a wide variety of efficient chemical technologies for optimized industrial solutions.
Gotar solutions were approved in 2002 for use by the United States Navy. In December 2006, a Gotar solution was officially approved for the cleaning of equipment aboard nuclear powered vessels: Gotar-D is a product approved for most of the alloys used to make embarked equipment, which requires regular maintenance. This approval culminated in the issuing of new maintenance instructions in May 2008, integrating the procedure prepared by GOTAR Technologies.
The long term business relationship established between GOTAR Technologies and ALCAN led to a formal agreement in the fall of 2007 for the maintenance of all production units in the province of Quebec. This three-year agreement is a major vote of confidence from a key player in the industry.