Composite PU flooring is a lightweight alternative to traditional materials


Energy and environmental issues continue to be significant concerns for the shipping industry, especially as they relate to efficiency and overall cost savings in transportation containers for ships and trucks. Industry stakeholders have an increasing interest in evaluating and understanding how replacing conventional wood floors with composite materials can impact the overall life cycle of the containers, contributing to energy savings and reduced greenhouse gases (GHGs).

Bayer MaterialScience LLC (Pittsburgh, PA) co-authors George Pavlovich, product safety & regulatory affairs, Product Sustainability & Life Cycle Assessment; Shen Tian, life cycle specialist; and Harry George, manager, New Applications, Polyurethanes; will share results of a recent study comparing environmental impacts of interest and relevance to the logistics community, such as: energy and GHGs associated with the entire life cycles of flooring made with fiberglass/polyurethane (PU) composites, plywood and bamboo wood. Their presentation, "Life Cycle Assessment of Composite Shipping Container Floors Compared to Conventional Wood Flooring," will be presented at Composites 2013 in Orlando, Florida, Jan. 29-31, 2013.
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