Retacell® Composite Panel Developed for Construction Applications

High-strength, fire-resistant panel can be made with recycled cardboard and plastic

BOCA RATON, Fla., June 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Xeriant, Inc. (OTCQB: XERI) (“Xeriant” or the “Company”), an aerospace company dedicated to Advanced Air Mobility and associated specialty chemicals and materials, announced today the successful development of a multi-purpose, high-strength fire- and water-resistant composite panel made from a formulation of Retacell® and a cardboard fiber-reinforced polymeric resin, which can be sourced from recycled materials. The panel is fabricated through a compression molding process and may be produced or cut in varying thicknesses and sizes, including standard 48” x 96” sheets. Depending on the application, the panel can have different colors, textures or decorative finishes. Potential interior and exterior construction applications include walls, ceilings, flooring, framing, siding, roofing, and decking. The Company is planning to license the technology to major manufacturers of building products.

“We have been impressed with the Retacell panel’s performance and believe it can compete effectively with many of the building products on the market such as OSB, plywood, drywall, and engineered wood flooring, to name a few. The superior flexibility, resistance properties, insulating ability and mechanical strength of this product may also reduce the cost and complexity of SIP systems. Our team in Slovakia is currently testing the panel’s tensile and thermal properties for certification,” stated Keith Duffy, CEO of Xeriant.

According to Grand View Research, the global building materials market related to gypsum wallboards, plywood, OSB, flooring and siding was valued at USD 838.1 billion in 2021 and is forecasted to reach USD 1.092.4 billion by 2025. The green building materials market was valued at USD 256.5 billion in 2021 and is projected at USD 350.3 billion in 2025, based on a study by Allied Market Research.

Retacell is a biodegradable and non-toxic high-performance thermal and fire protection chemical agent that is custom formulated to meet each application’s specifications and can be applied as a coating, treatment, or infused during manufacturing into a variety of materials, including recycled plastics and wood-based fiber. Retacell-infused materials are also water repellent.

Cardboard is among the most easily recycled paper products, and the vast majority is recycled. Plastics or polymers are more difficult and more expensive to recycle due to the intensive process involving sanitary requirements, sorting, melting and pelletizing, and its value proposition relative to new plastic. The most common plastic and easiest to recycle is polyethylene (PE), which is often used in beverage bottles and food packaging. Other plastics that are recycled include polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyamide (PA). The World Bank estimates that approximately 2.1 billion metric tons of municipal solid waste is generated globally each year, 17 percent of which is from paper and cardboard (357 million metric tons), and 12 percent from plastics (252 million metric tons). An analysis by research firm Statista indicates that about 66 percent of the global paper and cardboard waste are recycled (236 million metric tons/year), and about 21 percent of the plastic waste (53 million metric tons/year). The EPA reports the recycling rate in the U.S. is about 68 percent for paper and cardboard, and 9 percent for plastics.   

About Xeriant, Inc.

Xeriant, Inc. (d.b.a. Xeriant Aerospace) is an aerospace company dedicated to the emerging aviation market called Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), the transition to eco-friendly on-demand flight, and is partnering with and acquiring strategic interests in visionary companies that accelerate this mission. Xeriant is focused on the development and deployment of next-generation electrically powered aircraft capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), breakthrough technologies and advanced materials which can be successfully integrated and commercialized, and the critical infrastructure components needed to support operations. Xeriant is located at the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida adjacent to the Boca Raton Airport.

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