AERT, NanoMech Teaming Up to Develop Advanced Green Construction Materials

Northwest Arkansas firms Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies and NanoMech are teaming up to develop and test advanced green composite construction materials.

The two firms began working together this past spring on nanotech-enhanced product development.

AERT, based in Springdale, produces recycled polyethylene plastic in the manufacture of composite building materials and is considered a leader in resource conservation. NanoMech, based at the Arkansas Research and Technology Park in Fayetteville, is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative application-specific nanoparticle additives, nanoparticle-based coatings and coating deposition systems.

"We see a bright future for these new lines of green products for both composites as well as advanced additives in recycled polyethylene compounds," said AERT chair Joe Brooks in a press release. "Both companies are doing our part to move towards a sustainable world. Advancements in material science and NanoMech's innovative nanotechnologies will shortly allow AERT to take a quantum leap with a whole generation of new and innovative products."

AERT recently presented Gov. Mike Beebe with a sample of the first nano wood-plastic composite technology.

"We're proud to say [it] was birthed in Arkansas," Brooks said.