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Thresher Developing Diecast LED Product

May 5, 2009
Also developing new cast aluminum components for energy-efficient vehicles
Thresher Industries Inc. reports it is developing a highly thermal conductive, diecast aluminum-composite “heat sink” that it proposes will be used for LED lighting products. "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," stated Thresher president and CEO Tom Flessner. The U.S. Dept. of Energy explains that white, high-powered light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have twice the efficacy of current fluorescent technologies, and about 10 times the efficacy of incandescent lighting. The Hanford, CA, producer of aluminum and metal-matrix composites says it in discussion with California Polytechnic State University-San Louis Obispo's Material Sciences Department to conduct testing and reporting of material data on its heat sinks. "We are entering the data gathering and testing phase of our heat sinks,” Flessner said. “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." In addition, Thresher says it is “developing a wide range of high-strength, cast aluminum components that can help build cleaner, energy efficient vehicles for the global automotive industry.” The company says its “biodegradable processes have been successfully used in products for Chevrolet, Chrysler, and Ford,” and that it’s “new and developing applications include, but are not limited to: torque boxes for unit body vehicles; engine cradles; feed brackets, diesel engine components, instrument panel sub-frames, and suspension components.” According to Flessner, Thresher’s aluminum castings are “designed with reinforcements that offer increased strength, while reducing the total weight of parts. This unique combination results in the construction of lighter weight, higher fuel efficiency vehicles that can be produced at a lower cost throughout the supply chain.”