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.
Each year, railroads need to replace more than 100 million wood ties overdone million miles of track worldwide. At a cost of US $65 per tie plus installation, the global rail industry spends over $10 billion dollars 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 Many of them are running on outdated and damaged rail ties (sleepers). The available supply cannot come close to meeting the demand.
Following are the key social and environmental impacts TieBam will highlight:
Each year 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 contain carcinogens. Creosote contaminates groundwater and soil. TieBam ties are protected by a pretreatment preservative 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: