Axion International Holdings, Inc., has received its first purchase order being shipped to New Zealand's Kiwi Rail. The railroad ties are the rail line's first such order of Axion's recycled ECOTRAX products and are being installed in critical application areas such as turnout switch-sets and transoms.
The order is being fulfilled through Axion’s recently signed regional distribution agreement, which covers Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. Kiwi Rail is a Statutory Corporation and the backbone of New Zealand’s integrated transport network. Kiwi Rail manages more than 4,000 Km (more than 2,400 miles) of rail lines and 18,000 hectares (almost 45,000 acres) of land.
“Axion is providing a product that we believe solves many of the environmental and stress-related challenges we face when purchasing sleepers (ties) for our rail lines,” stated Mark Gullery, Kiwi Rail’s manager track engineering. “Kiwi Rail keeps an eye on the environmental challenges we face, as well as the mechanical challenges of railroad operations. We’re looking for durability and sustainability and we think Axion’s ECOTRAX sleepers are an authentic solution to both of those concerns.”
Axion’s ECOTRAX ties are engineered using the company’s patented 100 percent recycled formula.