Axion, Vertech to Build Plastic Bridge

Plastics recycler says order is the first for its recycled structural composite material outside the United States.

July 25, 2011

Axion International, New Providence, N.J., has received a purchase order from Vertech Ltd., for the sale of Axion’s Recycled Structural Composite material (RSC). The RSC will be used to make a plastic bridge in Scotland.

 Axion says the sale is the first of its kind outside the United States. Axion’s business partner Sicut Holding Ltd. helped secure the details of the deal between the two companies.

The bridge will replace an existing steel beam and timber deck road bridge. It is expected to be 12 feet wide and 90-feet long. The bridge has been designed to European standards, meaning it will carry a load of 45 metric tons. Axion and Vertech say they expect it to be installed by October 2011.

Steve Silverman, Axion's president and CEO, says "We are pleased to be a part of this project in Scotland. As the first bridge span in Europe designed from 100 percent recycled plastic, Axion is pleased that our purchase order with Vertech and partnership with Sicut could make this bridge a reality. As we continue to see acceptance of our recycled plastic products, Axion remains committed to maintaining a diversified sales pipeline with a growing network of international partners around the globe. We look forward to supplying our materials for Europe's first plastic bridge and pursuing additional opportunities in the region."

In discussing the purchase, William Mainwaring, CEO of Vertech Ltd., says, "The U.K. has a significant bridging requirement, particularly in rural areas, to meet modern transport needs. Whole life costs, particularly with respect to maintenance, are increasingly important and hence we are very excited to be able to introduce this unique new structural material into the U.K. market. Its environmental credentials, combined with its durability and minimum maintenance requirements, are a distinct advantage over conventional alternatives as well as offering cost effective solutions. We look forward to working with Sicut and Axion on this project and others."