In December of 1999 Curaçao Ecocity Projects N.V. started the aloe vera plantation in Curaçao. The plantation covers an area of 10 acres, 5 of which are used to cultivate the more than 100,000 specimens that are growing at our plantation at this moment. It takes three to five months for an aloe vera plant to mature to the point at which it can be harvested. The average time span for harvesting is approximately 10 years, during which we will collect 3 to 4 leaves from the bottom of the plant per harvest.
In 2002, a joint venture between Ecocity Projects and the Dutch pharmaceutical company BioClin was established under the name of CurAloe. The objective of this merger was to build a production plant for the processing of aloe vera. BioClin is the largest consumer of our aloe vera gel and uses our gel as the basis for all her own products. We received financial support for the construction of the production plant through Senter, a Dutch governmental institution that subsidizes development projects that involve Dutch companies. In 2003, the construction was completed and we ran our first trial production sessions. Since 2004 we have been producing commercially and our annual production level has increased steadily every year; in 2006 we produced more than 70,000 liters of aloe vera gel. We use specially designed and patented machines which have been developed by us and do not damage the active substances in the aloe vera gel. We can therefore guarantee a constant and excellent quality for every batch we produce.
Initially we released a line of skincare products in cooperation with BioClin, and since 2006 we are developing and producing our own products under the name of CurAloe. Our main objective is to offer high-quality products which contain a high concentration of aloe vera and other biologically active and natural ingredients.