News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

September 29, 2021

GRI launches new green solid forklift tire using recovered carbon black

Filed under: Carbon Black, Recovered Carbon Black — Notch @ 1:52 am

GRI Tires (Global Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd.) of Sri Lanka has introduced a new environmentally friendly tire, the  Ultimate Green XT solid tire for the material handling industry. According to the company, the tire contains 42.8% sustainable materials, including both bio-sourced and recycled materials. The tire is manufactured from natural rubber, silica, recycled carbon black, and reclaimed rubber from used tires. In addition, the tire provides a higher energy efficiency due to its 20.4% lower rolling resistance than conventional tires, according to GRI. The tire is intended for use on electric or internal combustion forklifts. It is a premium tire, intended for 24 hours per day, 3 shift operations, where it offers lower heat build-up and higher endurance for all surface conditions and intense operating environments.

The Ultimate Green XT tire features a tread compound that is reinforced with highly dispersible silica and no carbon black, which reduces abrasion loss. In the carcass and base of the tire, GRI uses recycled carbon black. Natural oil is used instead of petroleum-based oil and GRI has pioneered the use of carbon nanotubes in the black version of the tire.

July 22, 2021

Orion partners with RISE to produce renewable carbon black at commercial scale

Filed under: Carbon Black, Recovered Carbon Black — Notch @ 8:19 pm

Orion Engineered Carbons announced today it has partnered with RISE Research Institutes of Sweden in a project to develop and produce renewable carbon black. Under the collaboration, traditional carbon black feedstock will be replaced with pyrolysis oil from biomass oil to produce a carbon-neutral carbon black. Orion plans to test the process using its small-scale furnace reactor in Kalscheuren, Germany and will explore ways to upscale the process to match market demands. Additionally, using a pilot-scale reactor at its site in Piteå, Sweden, RISE will evaluate the use of electrofuels, such as plasma or hydrogen from electrolysis, as sustainable heat sources for the carbon black process. According to the press release, RISE has already shown that it could be economically feasible to produce carbon black using pyrolysis oil from wood-derived feedstock. Orion’s project goal is to validate commercial production based on this research.

June 18, 2021

Orion Engineered Carbons launches renewable carbon black for tires

Filed under: Carbon Black, Recovered Carbon Black — Notch @ 8:49 am

Orion Engineered Carbons has announced the commercial launch of ECORAX® Nature, a new family of products developed for rubber applications utilizing industrial grade, plant-based oils, which are a renewable, non-fossil derived feedstock. ECORAX® Nature 100 is the first highly reinforcing carbon black grade made from renewable feedstocks which can be used in critical tire tread construction. The product is currently being tested by customers and will go into high volume manufacturing in the second half of 2022.

In a press release announcing the launch, Orion CEO Corning Painter said, “This launch is an important milestone in our strategy to develop commercially viable, carbon black products that drive sustainability across the value chain.

June 14, 2021

Scandinavian Enviro Systems plans tire recycling plant in Sweden

Filed under: Carbon Black, Recovered Carbon Black — Notch @ 3:43 pm

Scandinavian Enviro Systems AB recently announced plans for the construction of a major waste tire recycling facility in Sweden that the company says can process half of the country’s annual end-of-life tires. The company said it was preparing consultation documentation regarding the construction of the plant in Lillesjoe, in Uddevalla Municipality, and expected to submit a permit application to local authorities by Q3 2021. The company did not disclose the financial details of the project.

The project will have the capacity to recycle a maximum of 60,000 metric tons of waste tires per year. The new facility will be in addition to the company’s existing wholly owned recycling plant at Åsensbruk, in Mellerud Municipality, with a permit for recycling a maximum of 15,000 tonnes of tyres per year. This plant has been in operation since 2013. Enviro said that the establishment of the plant will depend on several factors, such as securing access to end-of-life tires and agreements covering deliveries of recovered materials, the company said. Enviro tire recycling facilities employ a patented technology to recover carbon black, oil and steel from end-of-life vehicle tires.

Michelin introduces two sustainability products at Movin’On summit, including racing tire with 46% sustainable materials

Filed under: Carbon Black, Recovered Carbon Black, Tires — Notch @ 3:35 pm

At the 2021 Movin’On global sustainable mobility summit, Michelin introduced two innovations related to sustainability.

The first innovation is an automated, inflatable sail system, WISAMO (Wing Sail Mobility), designed to improve fuel usage in merchant ships and pleasure craft.

The second innovation is a new racing tire containing 46% sustainable materials, fitted to the GreenGT Mission H24 hydrogen-powered prototype developed for endurance racing. This very high percentage was achieved by increasing the tire’s natural rubber content and using recycled carbon black recovered from end-of-life tires. Other bio-sourced or recycled sustainable materials used in the tire include orange and lemon rind, sunflower oil, pine resin and recycled steel from tin cans. The recovered carbon black used in the racing tire is supplied by Scandinavian Enviro Systems. SES also provides the recovered carbon black used in a sustainable motorcycle racing tire for MotoE that Michelin introduced in April.

Michelin has focused on racing tires for its sustainability push to emphasize the fact that the use of sustainable materials need not compromise performance.

As a real-world technological laboratory, motorsports enable Michelin to develop and test new high-tech solutions in extreme usage conditions. With this innovative partnership, Michelin is showcasing its ability to incorporate an ever-higher proportion of sustainable materials into its products without compromising on their performance.

This year, Michelin announced its commitment to using 100% sustainable materials in all its tires by 2050. This commitment will reach an initial milestone in 2030, with a Group-wide target of having 40% sustainable materials in its tires.

May 25, 2021

Birla Carbon and Circtec team up to introduce new carbon black line based on recovered material

Filed under: Carbon Black, Recovered Carbon Black — Notch @ 11:36 am

On May 25, Birla Carbon (Mumbai, India & Marietta, GA) and Circtec, a leader in pyrolysis technology based in the UK, signed a long-term supply agreement for a new line of “sustainable carbonaceous materials” made from recycled tires. The new product line will be called Continua.

To support the venture, Circtec is setting up a new flagship production plant in the Netherlands based on the company’s proprietary production process. According to the company, this will be the largest, most sustainable and most efficient pyrolysis plant in Europe. It is expected to begin production by the end of 2022. While putting millions of tires through the pyrolysis recycling process, the Circtec plant will have a total annual production capacity of 73,000 tons of Sustainable Carbonaceous Materials by 2026, making it the largest single source of Sustainable Carbonaceous Materials and also of product-grade renewable fuels from the pyrolysis of end-of-life tires.

Commenting on the association, Dr. Santrupt B. Misra, Chief Executive Officer, Birla Carbon, said in a press release, “Our commitment to sustainability over the last decade has seen Birla Carbon bring more and more innovation-focused solutions to our customers. This partnership with Circtec is a big step towards product circularity in our value chain and bringing our customers’ sustainability aspirations closer to reality. Through our collaboration with Circtec, we will become the largest suppliers of Sustainable Carbonaceous Materials in the world, weaving together technology expertise and customized solutions”.

Allen Timpany, co-founder and CEO of Circtec, said in the press release, “Our long-term alliance with Birla Carbon is instrumental to our objective to build a leading global business in the low-carbon circular economy.”

A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Circtec’s process, conducted according to ISO 14040 and ISO 14044, demonstrates that, at full capacity, 228,000 tonnes of direct and indirect CO2 emissions will be eliminated on an annual basis when compared to the conventional carbon black process.

February 3, 2021

Nokian Tyres to introduce tire made entirely from eco-friendly materials by 2025

Filed under: Carbon Black, General, Recovered Carbon Black, Tires — Notch @ 6:00 am

On January 28, Nokian Tyres announced a plan to introduce a concept tire made entirely from renewable and recycled materials by 2025. In a press release announcing the initiative, Nokian Tyres stressed that it has designed tires from a sustainable point of view for years. The company already uses bio-based materials such as canola oil in its tires and actively researches new eco-friendly materials as well the utilization of recycled materials. Nokian also selects raw materials from sustainable sources, seeks to decrease emissions and waste from production, and scrutinizes its logistics and outlet channels for efficiency. The company already stresses the development of tires that are as fuel-efficient as possible and made of durable, environmentally friendly materials. Nokian Tyres invented the world’s first winter tire in 1934.

 

November 19, 2020

Bolder Industries and Continental Carbon announce marketing agreement for recovered carbon black

Filed under: Carbon Black, Recovered Carbon Black — Notch @ 3:09 am

Bolder Industries (Boulder, Colorado) and Continental Carbon Company (Houston, Texas) this week announced a co-marketing agreement to commercialize a new line of Continental’s furnace black products that will incorporate Bolder Black’s recovered carbon black in the blend. This is a first in the carbon black industry and follows five years of research and development work, according to Bolder. The line will include N550, N650, N660, N762, and N774 grades, with markets in both the rubber and plastics markets. Customers will be able to select pre-blended fillers customized at various ratios. Bolder’s BolderBlack is produced from 100% post-consumer or post-industrial tires and rubber scrap. Continental Carbon is one of the largest carbon black producers in the United States.

“We have always believed in partnering with the traditional carbon black manufacturers to support the end customer. We can now provide a unique solution to tire companies, industrial rubber goods, and plastics manufacturers ​at a large scale,” said Tony Wibbeler, founder and CEO of Bolder Industries, in a press release announcing the venture. On October 27, 2020, Bolder Industries agreed to merge with GigCapital2, Inc. and become a publicly traded company.

“We have been impressed by the quality, consistency, and manufacturing prowess of Bolder Industries and strongly believe this is an​ important step toward a more profitable and sustainable future for the rubber and plastics industry. This strategic partnership allows us to offer soft-grade blends into a marketplace that desperately needs to provide a closed-loop solution,” said CCC President Dennis Hetu.

 

 

 

August 26, 2020

Recovered Carbon Black Congress coming in September

Due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19, this year’s Recovered Carbon Black Congress will be an entirely virtual event. The conference will take place over two 4-hour conference days on 9 & 10 September, commencing at 13:00 BST / 14:00 CEST / 08:00 EDT and will be streamed live via an all-in-one online event platform. Delegates will have the opportunity to gain perspective from key experts in the industry, schedule 1-1 meetings with fellow delegates, engage in real-time discussions, get answers to questions, and access recorded presentations. Notch will be presenting on Day One. 

Here is the conference agenda.

April 20, 2020

Webinar to cover Recovered Carbon Black Markets

Filed under: Carbon Black, Recovered Carbon Black — Notch @ 10:34 pm

On April 22, Weibold will present a webinar covering Recovered Carbon Black Markets at 9:00 CET and 16:00 CET. The webinar will be hosted by Martin von Wolfersdorff, one of the foremost global experts in the rCB space. Notch would advise anyone interested in this topic to participate — register at this link.

According to organizers, the webinar is designed for tire pyrolysis operators, tire pyrolysis technology providers, investors, rCB distributors, and rCB refinishing companies. It will cover an introduction to recovered carbon black, explain different market definitions (top-down market, bottom-up market, potential market etc.), explain market segments and market segment requirements, give estimates for major markets and discuss current market developments in carbon black that will have an impact on the markets for recovered carbon black.

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