Partnering opportunity

Ukrainian company producing polymer composite railway sleepers is seeking for partner – investor to develop and spread their product on Ukrainian railway market.

Summary

The company is located in the central region of Ukraine and specializes in the production of composite railway sleepers from recycled and processed polymer and plastic materials. At present, the company needs investment (current assets) to complete realization of the project, particularly to cover the cost of materials and gain required output. The company is ready to share profits under joint venture or financial agreement.

Partner expertise sought

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Description

In Ukraine, the introduction of plastic waste recycling enterprises is very vital. The company uses a new technology on the Ukrainian market to manufacture polymer composite sleepers for the railway. It gives the possibility to use mixed, non-cleaned recycled plastic waste in the production process. Polymer composite sleepers for railway are made of 100% recycled plastic and rubber. 120 kg of recycled waste is needed for the production of one sleeper. With the capacity of 8000 pieces per month, the factory plans to process up to 1000 tons of polymer waste. Nowadays in Ukraine, the length of industrial railway comprises 24000 km with 48 million sleepers. Potentially, there is a possibility to process up to 6 million tons of plastic waste to substitute old out of service sleepers by polymer ones. There is no similar production factory in Ukraine. The company has more than eight years’ experience in collecting, storing and processing recycled waste materials. The overall complete technological process includes two stages. On the first stage automobile tires, other rubber materials, PET bottles and different types of plastic are recycled. The second stage is manufacturing itself. Production of the sleeper is made by means of extrusion with its further forming and testing in conformity with established norms. The readymade sleeper can be manufactured under the standards of both European railroads and Ukrainian railroads, which have different specifications. Currently, the company`s output is not enough to fully cover all requests of Ukrainian railroad companies. To cover up the majority of the market, the company is seeking for the investors to gain required company output. For the investors, the commercial attraction of the project is obvious. The raw material is free of charge.

Advantages and innovations

1. The company has a direct access to Ukrainian railway sleepers` market for fixing and improving old railroad parts with modern analogues. 2. Strategically important manufacturer`s geographical location. The manufacturer is located in Eastern Europe unlike its colleagues from Western Europe and America, what gives a direct access to Ukrainian railway market and reduces the cost of transportation. 3. The company can recycle the product after operation life and reduce the cost of manufacturing. 4. By its physical-mechanical properties, polymer sleeper overcomes wood sleeper in 1,5 times in its rigidity, strength and damping characteristics. 5. Composite sleeper suits the best for the corrosive environment: it is resistant to chemical substances, withstands temperature from -600С up to +500С, is not influenced by underground waters and indifferent to increased humidity and moisture. 6. Lifespan up to 50 years. 7. Sleeper replacement cost is three times lower than for wooden and four times lower than for concrete ones. 8. The company has developed the marketing strategy that attracts a majority of Ukrainian railway companies and gives the opportunity to be the first to cover the market.

Development stage

Prototype available for demonstration

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Other


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