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

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