Pandrol is now the exclusive North American distributor of Sicut composite crossties, which are made from recycled plastics using a process developed at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
“After following Sicut’s progress for the last number of years, they were the obvious partners for us,” said Tim Brake, vice president for sales and marketing at Pandrol.
Sicut’s technology is the product of more than 30 years of research led by Professor Tom Nosker, from the AMIPP Advanced Polymer Centre at Rutgers School of Engineering which which is “dedicated to exploring immiscible polymer blends and the novel structures and materials obtained by processing such blends.” The composite crossties have been tested at a number of third-parties, including the Chicago Transit Authority and the London Underground.
Pandrol is already a major player in fastening systems, aluminothermic welding, track equipment & control, and electrification.
Brake said Pandrol believes there is an untapped market for the Sicut product. “We don’t see composite ties going away anytime soon,” he said. “The railroad industry is looking for a composite that actually works.”
Pandrol is part of the Delachaux Group, a family owned company dating to 1902. In 2017 Delachaux consolidated all its rail offerings under the Pandrol brand name. And just days ago Delachaux bought a controlling stake in Frauscher Sensor Technology.
For more on developments in crossties, check out the special feature in the March print edition of our sister publication, Railway Age.