Thresher Industries develops renewable, low-carbon heat sinks for LED lighting industry
HANFORD, Calif., - Thresher Industries, Inc. (Pink Sheets: THRR), a California-based manufacturer of precision aluminum and advanced metal matrix composite parts, announced today that it has begun development on a low-carbon footprint, highly thermal conductive die cast aluminum composite, a type of heat sink, initially targeted for use in the LED lighting industry.
White, high powered LEDs can accommodate 150-200 lumens per watt, twice the efficacy of current fluorescent technologies and roughly 10 times that of incandescent lighting, according to the U.S. DOE. Industry experts believe the long-life and high energy efficiency of LEDs will become the standard of illumination within the next several years. Thresher's goal is to advance the development of energy-efficient technologies such as LED lighting, which require superior heat dissipation during manufacturing.
"Our entry into the heat sink industry positions us to capitalize on the tremendous growth of the LED market. According to Strategies Unlimited, the LED lighting market is forecasted to grow to $1.65 billion by 2012, making it one of the fastest growing segments in the LED industry," said Tom Flessner, President and CEO of Thresher Industries, Inc. "We are entering the data gathering and testing phase of our heat sinks. Ultimately, we plan to offer a fully developed and proven material to a wide range of industries that are seeking new technologies and renewable materials that can lower their carbon footprint and enhance product performance."
Thresher Industries has entered into discussions with California Polytechnic State University-San Louis Obispo's Material Sciences Department to conduct testing and reporting material data on its heat sinks. Thresher's product development efforts are focused on a low carbon footprint, highly thermal conductive heat sink with performance exceeding 6061 billet aluminum for use in LED lighting. In addition to LED applications, Thresher anticipates to expand into much broader markets in the automotive, electronic and aerospace industries.
About Thresher Industries, Inc.
Based in Hanford, California, Thresher Industries Inc. is an eco-friendly "Made in the USA" manufacturer that provides a full range of casting capabilities, from prototypes or low volume casting to permanent mold, low pressure and high pressure castings. All raw materials are 100% recycled aluminum, sourced and processed exclusively in the U.S. Thresher's foundry is a zero-discharge, ISO 9000-certified facility that uses bio-degradable technologies, renewable materials and proprietary processes that lower costs and the environmental footprint of its customers. Thresher offers full engineering support, designing, and prototype development to a variety of industries including: agriculture, aerospace, defense, transportation, and automotive in the U.S. and Europe.
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