Welsh Company Protomax Announces New Technology Application, Converts Waste into...
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Welsh Company Protomax Announces New Technology Application, Converts Waste into Fire-Resistant Panels for Construction Industry Light, Armored Panels Can Create Emergency Modular Housing, Reduce Reliance on Plywood SWANSEA, Wales--(Business Wire)-- Protomax Plastics Ltd, an engineering company based in Swansea, Wales, UK, announced today it has developed machinery to turn discarded plastic bags, old milk cartons and other waste products into bulletproof, fireproof panels for emergency modular housing and other construction uses. "This technology has a wide range of applications, from construction of modular housing to materials for the automotive, security and defense sectors," said Nick Stillwell, Managing Director of Protomax. "The panels can be produced on-site using local waste material, since the technology is easily transported and the panels are light and easy to handle, allowing quicker assembly than with traditional building materials." The panels, which comply with all building regulations, can replace plywood in many other applications such as partitions, walls on construction sites, pallets and roofing. The panels can also be used to make surfboards and kayaks, and can be used by the military for construction of lightweight Kevlar protected panels. Used panels can be reprocessed to form new panels, eliminating landfill. The Welsh Assembly Government has provided Protomax with assistance to finance the design, development and manufacture of the technology, which is expected to go into production in January 2009. Geraint Jones, head of International Business Wales North America, said Protomax is reinforcing the Welsh manufacturing industry's transition to alternative energy and environmentally friendly practices. "These 'green' panels can be used in a variety of applications, another example of the creative spirit of Welsh companies developing new technology with far reaching potential," Jones said. The process of turning recyclables into usable materials was developed in 2002 by Detroit-based 3DM Technologies Inc. for the Chrysler Corp., which wanted to build strong, lightweight panels for pickup trucks, Stillwell noted. Protomax developed its product based on the technology, and applied it to other industries. Protomax is currently carrying out major trials for a number of large UK companies. Several car assembly plants are interested in using the panels for vehicle trolleys, and hospitals are investigating their use for office cubicles. About International Business Wales International Business Wales is the economic development arm of the Welsh Assembly Government with the responsibility of helping international corporations locate operations in Wales, and with promoting international trade by Welsh businesses. IBW can assist businesses in finding suitable properties in Wales for their operations, help them in finding employees and in obtaining financial assistance from the Welsh government, when appropriate. For more information, visit www.ibwales.com Spring, O'Brien John Mulqueen, 212-620-7100 Copyright Business Wire 2008
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