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EKO-FLOR Composite Flooring Modules Gain Strength With Polyurethane Resin

12 March 2010

Due to the success of its EKO-FLOR product line, Conforce International, Inc., is adapting its cs-4 module for use in trailer products worldwide.

The EKO-FLOR composite flooring systems utilize a proprietary two-component polyurethane resin system based on Baydur PUL 2500 from BaySystems that they say offers significant strength and lightweight properties, which translates into an extended service life for the unit.

The EKO-FLOR cs-4 flooring modules, which have been well-received in the international shipping community, feature a tough, performance-extending wear layer jointly developed by Bayer MaterialScience LLC and Conforce. The Conforce team has taken the benefits of the cs-4 module and created the xts module, which gives a seamless shape that will better suit the tractor and trailer industry.

According to Bayer, the composite flooring, formed from Baydur PUL 2500 polyurethane chemistry using the polyurethane pultrusion process, is 22 percent lighter than the traditionally used tropical hardwood and other wood-based materials used in trailer products. They say that it is also significantly stronger, sustainable and non-porous when compared with conventional material, and because of its strength and toughness, the flooring requires less repair and maintenance, making it more cost effective over its service life.

“Our goal for this product is to make it standardized flooring for trailers, replacing wood over time,” said Perry Pearlman, vice president, Business Development, Conforce International, Inc. “The EKO-FLOR xts is in a price neutral environment as compared with wood, yet it’s lighter, stronger, and more durable which translates into improved fuel efficiency and a reduced carbon footprint.”

“The strength properties exerted by the EKO-FLOR are like nothing we’ve ever seen in a panel of this type,” said Harry George, head, Diversified Industries, New Applications, NAFTA, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. “Working with Conforce on this innovative product line has given us the opportunity to offer not only our materials, but also our technical know-how to help them with developing a top-notch product.”

Currently in testing with tractor trailer manufacturers, Conforce estimates full commercial production of EKO-FLOR xts modules to begin in six months.

“Bayer MaterialScience LLC has been closely involved in production of the EKO-FLOR modules, most often physically at the plant, working hands-on during development,” said Conforce president and CEO Marino Kulas. “They have engaged in finite element analysis, computer modeling, product testing and preliminary environmental studies. Their expertise and assistance has played an important role in bringing this product to market.”