Axion International Holdings Inc. has announced its third patent this year for a new fire-retardant coating technology.
The coating formulation was patented earlier this year. Two new patents cover the process for modifying the formulation and applying the coating.
Axion is the licensed manufacturer and distributor for the technology, which was developed and patented by Rutgers University of New Jersey. Axion, which has a longstanding relationship with Rutgers, is based in New Providence, NJ.
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|The coating can be used on Axion’s structural composite materials and in other applications.|
The new patent “gives added protection, so either Axion or an Axion-approved entity can perform the coating procedure,” the company reports. The patent allows Axion to establish standards and approvals for the coating’s application.
The coating can be used on Axion’s recycled plastic railroad ties, structural building products and other applications.
‘Hundreds of Applications’
“These flame-retardant coatings have many advantages over existing technologies,” said Thomas Nosker, Ph.D., of Rutgers’ Materials Sciences and Engineering Department, who led the team that developed the coating.
“The team at Rutgers has developed a formulation that can be sprayed onto most any hard surface using standard equipment, which is a major improvement over existing fire-retardant products.
“There are literally hundreds of applications that could benefit from this technology….”
Axion president and CEO Steve Silverman said the patent “gives us the ability to work with customers needing to coat objects and create a greater value for our fire retardant formulations. It pushes us deeper into the supply chain and expands the market potential for this product.”
About the Company
Founded in 2006, Axion International Holdings is a global supplier of structural building products made from 100% recycled consumer and industrial plastics.
The company provides structural composite railroad crossties, I-beams, tongue and groove planking, and various sizes of boards under the ECOTRAX and STRUXURE brands for use in rail track, rail and tank bridges, pedestrian and recreation bridges, marinas, bulk heading and other applications for the railroad industry, military, and industrial engineering and contracting.