Axion to supply recycled plastic rail ties in Europe

Axion to supply recycled plastic rail ties in Europe

The company’s Ecotrax will replace wooden railroad ties for an international freight line.

February 11, 2014
Recycling Today Staff
Legislation & Regulations Plastics

Axion International Holdings Inc., a manufacturer of recycled-content plastics products, has received a second purchase order from an international freight line for its Ecotrax 100-percent-recycled-plastic rail ties. In addition to Ecotrax, Axion, headquartered in New Providence, N.J., produces Struxure, a recycled plastic product for the building products industry.

Axion says its Ecotrax product will be used for a specialty application and will replace wood timbers on bridges. The first order had been installed in specialty application areas such as turnout switch-sets and transoms, including ties installed on open bridges. The two orders combined total about $200,000.

"The positive and consistent reception for our Ecotrax rail ties has been apparent, and this second order from a major international freight line was a great win for the company," says Cory Burdick, Axion Ecotrax sales manager. "We have been able to increase existing orders due to our ability to successfully and economically address the growing concern for replacing wood ties as they reach the end of their useful life prematurely due to rot, erosions and other factors. Our ties have proven their ability to withstand harsh environments and, in fact, have excelled in areas where the environment tends to degrade traditional wooden ties. We are very excited that we have not only proven superior product performance but have also made tremendous progress in diversifying our global customer base."

Axion says that Ecotrax rail ties meet and exceed all American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association specifications and are continuously tested at third-party laboratories and in track.