Cullet offers a more cost-effective alternative to virgin glass in bead manufacturing.

Once the cullet has been melted into rounded glass pellets, the resulting beads are sold for use in reflective paints for highway striping, as well as for use in peening and cleaning metals. Strategic Materials supplies a majority of the bead industry’s demand for cullet. 

Why should you use glass cullet from Strategic Materials?

Strategic Materials production processes utilize different types of equipment in series to process the various types of inbound material to meet and exceed our customer specifications. We use the latest technology to produce the highest quality cullet and our continuous improvement initiatives ensure we don’t rest on our laurels. When you work with Strategic Materials, you also benefit from our nationwide network that brings materials closer to you.

  • Strategic Materials has many different types of feedstock that can help the bead industry achieve the highest retro reflectivity for the product they are trying to make. We can supply either unprocessed glass for the bead manufacturers grinding process or a sized grain ready to be introduced into the bead furnace.
  • Crushers and screens are used to size the material to a fine grind range suitable for bead making. Fine grind material also has to go thru a drying process to insure proper material flow thru the screening and silo storage process. 
  • Magnets of all types and vacuum systems are used to further clean up the glass stream by removing ferrous and non-ferrous metals and light material (paper and organics) from heavier glass fragments.