Axion International Holdings Inc. in Basking Ridge, N.J., has licensed the full range of immiscible polymer compounding technologies from Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, N.J. Axion CEO James Kerstein was an owner of the former Polywood Inc. in Edison, N.J., which developed railroad ties using Rutgers’ immiscible PS/PE blend before it closed in 2006. Also licensed by Axion is a glass-filled PP/HDPE blend of recycled car bumpers and milk jugs. This was formerly licensed to Earthcare (parent of U.S. Plastic Lumber) for making RR ties. Axion has rights to Rutgers’ technologies not licensed or used before, including an immiscible blend of PMMA and recycled HDPE. Axion makes RR ties at a toll facility in Pennsylvania. It developed an I-beam of glass-filled PP/HDPE blend. A tank bridge made of the interlocking I-beams and rated to carry 150,000 lb has been sold to the U.S. Army at Ft. Bragg, N.C., and will be installed this year. (908) 542-0888 • www.axionintl.com
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