From Bottles to Bridges – Vertech Showcases at the BMW Guggenheim Lab
Vertech’s record breaking road bridge, made from recycled plastic, which
spans the River Tweed at Easter Dawyck in Peeblesshire has received
worldwide attention since it was built in October 2011.
This has resulted in an invitation to showcase the technology at the BMW Guggenheim Lab in Berlin on Friday 6th July as part of a day focussing on Reverse Garbage Infrastructure. Vertech will present alongside the Plastiki Expedition, builders of an ocean going sailing vessel manufactured from recycled materials, to demonstrate what can be achieved with our waste.
Vertech’s technology, originally developed by Rutgers University, offers an almost perfect use for our plastic waste. Not only does this technology prevent waste from being sent to landfill or being shipped to China but also products manufactured using it are completely recyclable at the end of life offering a true closed loop process. As well as bridging, components manufactured from Rutgers’ unique material can be used in a wide range of applications in sectors from construction to agriculture to maritime. Applications are almost infinite but include railway sleepers, pilings, foundations, sea defences and a variety of structural components. In thin sheet form, the material can also be used to replace plywood, MDF, and a range of laminate sheet materials offering engineered alternatives that are entirely resistant to moisture and most chemicals. Axion International Inc, Vertech’s partner in the USA, has had considerable success exploiting the technology in the railroad and bridging sectors and has extensive plans to expand into wider sectors this year.
William Mainwaring, co-founder and CEO of Vertech Limited said, "We are delighted that the BMW Guggenheim Lab has invited us to offer a key note presentation during their Reverse Garbage Infrastructure day. Being associated with such a prestigious organisation is a real honour. The potential applications for our technology are almost infinite and we welcome this opportunity to spread the word."
About AXION International, Inc.
AXION is green technology company, transforming waste plastics into structural building materials. Using 100%-recycled consumer and industrial plastics, AXION develops, markets and sells its products through its ECOTRAX™ composite rail tie and STRUXURE™ recycled structural composite building product lines. From the railroading industry to the military to global engineering firms, AXION delivers tested, proven and superior green solutions to infrastructure needs around the world.