The US based WPC company Strandex Corp. has acquired Mount Horeb-based toolmaker Wire Works Inc. and expects to make another purchase soon. “The new plant will be fully operational in July”, Al England said in a telephone interview wih Plastics News. “Every day, interest in our foamed polyethylene-based and PVC-based composite technologies grows because they present so many new product opportunities,” England said in a news release announcing the deal.
Strandex develops wood-plastic composites technology and licenses it to several lumber extruders. The company’s latest development is called Strancel – a wood-composite foaming technology producing “cellular” WPC the company claims offers all the traditional benefits but with considerably less weight. Strancel produces individual rope-like “strands” of wood flour encapsulated in polyethylene, that when combined with a cellular foaming compound results in a product that looks and feels like real wood with the protection of vinyl.
Source: PlasticsNews, 2008-04-29.