RIO Ammunition Introduces New Breakthrough Innovation: The first dissolvable and biodegradable wad to be presented at SHOT Show

RIO Ammunition Introduces New Breakthrough Innovation: The first dissolvable and biodegradable wad to be presented at SHOT Show

  • The new component avoids the use of plastic, is 100% biodegradable and turns into organic material beneficial for the ground. It will be incorporated to RIO’s comprehensive steel-shot product line, BlueSteel.

Dallas (Texas), January 18th – RIO Ammunition, a global expert in non-metallic ammunition, will introduce the first hydro soluble wad in the US next week at the SHOT Show 2019 in Las Vegas. The company will incorporate this new component to its BlueSteel product line, taking a huge step forward towards reducing the impact of the shotshells in the environment.

The new hydro soluble wad is 100% biodegradable and all its additives are of vegetal origin, making it compliant with ASTM International standards. Not only does the wad not harm the environment, but it turns into compost (CO2, mineral salts and biomass), working as a high-quality fertilizer.

“The hydro soluble wad is a testament to RIO’s commitment towards innovation. We continuously work to make our shotshells more precise, more reliable and also reduce its impact on the environment. Now we can offer a shotshell with the two elements that are expelled from the shotgun—the shot and wad—having a limited, even positive impact on the environment,” explains Eduardo Baeza, RIO Ammunition General Manager.

RIO Ammunition will have samples of the wad at its booth (#15738) where you will be able to see how it reacts to water until dissolving. Additionally, the company’s General Manager will explain the features and benefits of the improved BlueSteel product line at the booth during the show. Journalists are invited to stop by and check it out.

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RIO Ammunition develops, manufactures and sells shotshells for hunting and sports shooting. Established in 1896, it is a powder and non-metallic ammunition expert. RIO’s American headquarters are in Dallas (Texas), where it also has a cutting-edge factory which was inaugurated in 2015.

RIO is vertically integrated having maximum control over every component used on its cartridges which ensures the highest quality for all its products. Its parent company, MAXAM, under its sports cartridges business unit, sells around 600 million cartridges in more than 100 countries every year.


MAXAM is a global technology company, specialized in the design, development, manufacture and application of energetic materials. It structures its activity into four business units: blasting solutions for mining, quarries and civil works; cartridges and gun powders for use in hunting and recreational shooting; products and systems for the defense and security sector; and production of key raw materials for the nitrochemical activity.

Founded by Alfred Nobel in 1872, MAXAM currently has more than 6500 employees, subsidiaries in more than 50 countries in the 5 continents, more than 80 industrial units and commercial operations in over 100 countries. The company ended its fiscal year 2018 (March, 31st 2018) with turnover in excess of 1.1 billion euros.