Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- Conforce International Inc.'s EKO-FLOR ms1 composite racking system is expanding into new markets with the help of Baydur PUL 2500 polyurethane chemistry from BaySystems, the polyurethane business of Bayer MaterialScience, a 6 April BMS statement said.
Conforce has now supplied nearly 20 000-sq.ft of the interlocking composite panel system, originally designed as shelving for special shipping containers, in its first year of production, BMS said.
"With minor modifications, we have taken the ms1 and put it in commercial applications for lightweight containers and trucking flooring," said Marino Kulas, president and ceo of Conforce.
According to BMS, ms1 offers a number of advantages over panels made from traditional materials, such as wood, steel, aluminium or FRP composites, including improved strength-to-weight ratio, overall weight reduction and unsurpassed strength -- as well as using "environmentally responsible" PU composites.
In terms of new applications, Kulas said that Conforce is currently testing the ms1 within the transport industry. "We are especially happy with the load-bearing qualities of the composite material. It's been well-received, and we've already begun trials for use in the truck body sector," he added.
Through the companies' alliance, "Bayer MaterialScience LLC provides value-adding ongoing global product supply and technical support such as advanced design and material analysis, efficient production practices and other technical know-how to all Conforce manufacturing locations from BaySystems," the statement said. (RD)
PIC: EKO-FLOR ms1 composite racking system from Conforce