TieBam has pioneered the development of a manufacturing process which densifies bamboo to provide a cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to traditional wooden ties. Because of its fast growth, distinctive mechanical properties, and transformation process, bamboo is stronger, more durable, longer lasting, and more environmentally-friendly than wood ties.
TieBam substantiated the extended strength, flexibility, duration and safety of bamboo ties through two series of rigorous testing at the University of Delaware Railroad Engineering and Safety Program.
TieBam , Inc., a Delaware Corporation, was founded in 2015. The company will establish its 100% foreign-owned enterprise in Taiwan.
Each year, US railroads replace more than 20 million wood ties over the 240,000 miles of track across the country. At a cost of over $65 per tie plus installation, the railroad industry spends more than $2 billion per year for replacement ties. The US accounts for approximately 20% of the worldwide railroad tie market. Hence, the global market for wood ties approaches $10 billion per year.
There is an immense global demand for railroad ties. More than 150 countries maintain railroads. Many of them are running on outdated and damaged sleepers. The available supply cannot come close to meeting the demand.
Following are the key social and environmental impacts TieBam will highlight:
Each year, just in the US, millions of trees are destroyed to produce crossties, causing environmental damage such as an increased carbon footprint, negative water tables, and soil erosion. These trees will take 30 years to regrow
In contrast, Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth and can be re-harvested in three years without causing damage to the environment. Bamboo requires less arable land, features a virtually unlimited supply, and offers a much more manageable planning cycle.
To avoid rotting, wood ties are treated with creosote, which contains carcino-gens. The EPA has determined that creosote is a probable carcinogenic, and OSHA regulates its handling with strict precautions. Creosote also contaminates groundwater and soil. TieBam ties are protected by a borate pretreatment and a custom prepared toxic-free resin which impregnates all of the bamboo fibers. As such, creosote is not required.
Bamboo manufacturing and transport in Southeast Asia will help create a sustainable livelihood for farmers in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Myanmar, supporting the local economy and offering competitive wages for residents.
TieBam will be successful because it possesses several competitive advantages: