Sicut’s technology is derived from over thirty years of research undertaken and led by R&D 100 Award winner, Professor Tom Nosker, from the AMIPP Advanced Polymer Centre. This “Research of Excellence” Centre within Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is dedicated to exploring immiscible polymer blends and the novel structures and materials obtained by processing such blends.
The Rutgers research, along with R&D undertaken by Polywood Inc, acquired by Sicut in 2006, has led to the development and patenting of a range of technologies associated with the blending of immiscible polymers for use in the manufacture of structural components such as railway sleepers, bridge structures, marine pilings, I-beams, heavy duty boards and ground mats. The Rutgers and Polywood patented technologies enable the manufacture of products from post-consumer and post-industrial plastic composites which are all 100% recyclable at end of life, and address worldwide targets to reduce landfill, increase recycling, be environmentally sustainable and deliver significant CO2e savings.
These patented technologies uniquely enable the use detergent bottles, milk jugs and other post-industrial plastic scrap waste to manufacture materials with exceptional performance properties, high strength, high stiffness, very low creep behaviour and significant resistance to water and environmental degradation. No toxic preservatives are used or steel reinforcements, and our material is resistant to UV, salt, hot/cold temperatures and acids.
The Rutgers and Polywood technologies allows for the straight forward and effective processing of these difficult waste streams into high quality and high performance structural materials that can be recycled again after use, providing a genuine ‘closed loop’ solution.
“Hundreds of tons of plastic for recycling are being sent back to be dumped in landfill in Britain because China is refusing to take low-quality material.”
Daily Telegraph November 2012
“Committee of the Regions which comprises local and regional authorities in Europe, unanimously agreed that as plastic takes 500 years to decompose, we must urgently prohibit sending it to landfill and instead recycle wherever possible.”
The Guardian November 2013
Post used plastic waste is collected instead of being sent to landfill
Our unique process turns the waste into Sicut Sleepers & other structural products
Patented materials can be used in a wide range of high value products
Sicut’s material is highly durable and can often be reused several times
At the end of life Sicut’s products are 100% recyclable into new products