19 November 2008

Tech-Wood USA expanding with WPC

Low Polypropylene content for properties similar to wood

Tech-Wood USA, a manufacturer of exterior cladding, decking, railing and retaining wall systems from PP-reinforced pine strands, is building two plants on a 65-acre site where company officials plan to establish its wood alternative building products business. As PlasticsNews reports, the company is already producing commercially at its 120,000-square-foot extrusion facility.

Unlike many wood-plastic composite building products made from wood flour and polyethylene, Tech-Wood products truly look and act like wood because they are mostly wood, officials say. The products are about 75 percent wood, and 25 percent PP.

Tech-Wood is focused on siding and being able to offer a complete system, including corners, soffit and fascia boards, Peter Kotiadis, Tech-Wood’s president and chief executive officer, said in a Nov. 12 telephone interview with PlasticsNews. The company is also developing window and door profiles, he said. “It’s about four times the stiffness of regular wood-plastic composites,” he stated. “Physically, it looks like wood, but structurally, it lasts 35-50 years.”

The Tech-Wood technology was developed by Tech-Wood International BV of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Tech-Wood USA is its own legal entity, and not a subsidiary of the European firm.

Source: PlasticsNews, 2008-11-12.

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