Thresher Industries, Inc., a California-based manufacturer of precision aluminum and advanced metal matrix composite parts, announced this morning that it is developing a low-carbon footprint, highly thermal conductive die cast aluminum composite (a type of heat sink). Initially, the company will target the LED lighting industry.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, white high powered LEDs can emit 150-200 lumens per watt, twice the efficacy of current fluorescent technologies and approximately 10 times that of traditional incandescent lighting. Industry experts believe LEDs will become the standard of lighting within the next several years because of their high energy efficiency and long-life. Thresher aims to advance the development of energy-efficient technologies such as LED lighting, which require superior heat dissipation during manufacturing.

Tom Flessner, President and CEO of Thresher Industries, Inc., stated, “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. 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.”

According to the press release, the company is in 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. Thresher anticipates expanding into much broader markets in the automotive, electronic and aerospace industries after its initial entry in the LED lighting industry.

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