Axion International, pioneer in 100% recycled plastic-based railroad ties and industrial building products, has expanded its intellectual property portfolio with the addition of two new US patents that cover structural shapes and coating of certain objects with its fire retardant application.
Rutgers University received the two patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in May 2011. Via its current licensing deals with the university, Axion can sub-license and sell its different technologies in certain geographic areas. Rutgers University secured the patents based on the efforts of its research team guided by Thomas Nosker, who serves at the Materials Sciences and Engineering Department at the university.
The first patent addresses Axion’s certain structural shapes, including T-beams and I-beams, which are made from the company’s recycled structural composites. The shapes are lightweight and offer enhanced performance when compared to conventional building materials.
The second patent covers the coating of certain objects using Axion’s proprietary fire retardant coating. In March 2011, the company received a patent that exclusively covers the coating formulation. The fire retardant coating can be applied on the company’s current line of 100% recycled plastic-based railroad ties, industrial building products as well as on other applications.