News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

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.

April 16, 2020

Scandinavian Enviro Systems announces strategic partnership with Michelin for rCB

Filed under: Carbon Black, General, Recovered Carbon Black, Tires — Notch @ 9:38 pm

Scandinavian Enviro Systems (Gothenburg, Sweden) has announced a new long-term strategic partnership with Michelin under which Michelin will acquire a 20% stake in Enviro, valued at SEK 32.5 million (US$3.2 million). The agreement also includes a project to build a tire recycling facility based on Enviro’s pyrolysis technology, as well as a joint supply agreement for recovered carbon black between the two companies. The location of the plant will be confirmed at a later date. The stock placement is expected to be completed by April 29, 2020, while the final agreement on the strategic partnership is expected to be signed by mid-2020. The current letter of intent contains no provisions that prevent Enviro from collaborating with other tire manufacturers or tire suppliers after July 31, 2020, according to Enviro’s press release.

April 13, 2020

Recovered Carbon Black Congress rescheduled for September

Filed under: Carbon Black, Conferences, Recovered Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 10:20 pm

The Recovered Carbon Black Congress 2020 will be held September 8-10, 2020 at the Pullman Stuttgart Fontana Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany. The conference was originally scheduled to be held May 12-14 in Berlin but was rescheduled due to COVID-19.

February 24, 2020

Notch speaking at Tire Tech Expo this week in Hannover

Filed under: Carbon Black, Conferences, Recovered Carbon Black, Rubber, Silica, Tires — Notch @ 12:09 am

Tire Tech Expo will be held this week (Feb. 25, 26, 27) at the Hannover Messe. This is one of the best and most comprehensive conferences on all aspects of tire-making, compounding materials, and equipment, with three days of talks alongside a huge exhibition floor. Here is the conference program.

Here are the details for the Notch paper:

Session: Understanding the Role of Polymer, Filler and Compound Additives (Stream 3)

Wednesday February 26, 10:15 AM.

Paper: “Carbon Black and Silica: Challenges and Opportunities”

November 28, 2019

PolyOne introduces new color concentrate using recovered carbon black

Filed under: Carbon Black, Recovered Carbon Black, Uncategorized — Notch @ 11:25 pm

Plastics News has a writeup on PolyOne’s latest product introductions based on sustainable materials, including the following:

OnColor-brand Recovered Carbon Environmental Black. A new color concentrate derived from end-of-life tires, which officials said is a sustainable alternative to those based on virgin carbon black. The material creates a smaller carbon footprint than virgin carbon black because it uses 90 percent less water and 61 percent less electricity while emitting 90 percent less carbon dioxide in its manufacturing process, officials said.

November 26, 2019

Bridgestone brings first at-scale use of recovered carbon black to tire market

Filed under: Carbon Black, Recovered Carbon Black, Tires, Uncategorized — Notch @ 1:49 am

On November 20, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. announced the industry’s first at-scale use of recovered carbon black (rCB) in the tire market as part of its long-standing partnership with Delta-Energy Group, LLC.

The move to at-scale commercialization of D-E Black®, Delta-Energy Group’s proprietary rCB product recovered from EOL tires, marks a significant milestone in achieving Bridgestone Group’s long-term environmental vision of targeting 100% sustainable materials – and contributing to a reduction of over 50% CO2 emissions – by the year 2050 and beyond. The process by Delta-Energy Group to extract materials produces 81% less COper ton as compared to virgin carbon black. The investment also serves Bridgestone’s larger mission to drive toward a circular economy that eliminates waste through the continual use of resources, according to the company.

Bridgestone began evaluating Delta-Energy’s materials in 2007 and became an equity partner in late 2014. Since that time, the use of D-E Black as a partial replacement for vCB in new tires has undergone extensive testing to ensure compliance with the high standards and superior quality and performance for which Bridgestone tires are known. To date, Bridgestone has purchased approximately 235 metric tons of rCB, the equivalent of more than 70,000 EOL tires, resulting in the reduction of approximately 765,000 pounds of COemissions, compared to using vCB. By the end of 2020, Bridgestone plans to increase the use of D-E Black to 6,800 metric tons, equivalent to about 2 million EOL tires and a reduction of about 24 million pounds of carbon emissions.

Bob Genovese, Delta-Energy CEO, said in the press release that Delta-Energy has plans to build several more plants in North America over the next few years to produce D-E Black. Bridgestone is using D-E Black in high-quality tires for agriculture and passenger applications across multiple plants in the Americas, including the Bridgestone Des Moines Agriculture Tire Plant, Aiken County Passenger Tire Plant, and the Bridgestone Cuernavaca Tire Plant. The company is currently evaluating new opportunities to expand its usage of D-E Black into additional plants and product lines.

November 13, 2019

Pyrolyx secures 5-year rCB supply agreement with Continental

Filed under: Carbon Black, Recovered Carbon Black — Notch @ 9:43 am

Continental A.G. and waste tire pyrolysis company Pyrolyx A.G. have signed a five-year contract for Pyrolyx to supply Continental with recovered carbon black (rCB) for use in tire production. The agreement calls for Pyrolyx to deliver up to 10,000 metric tons of rCB annually to Continental’s tire plants worldwide, according to a joint press release.

“Continental is excited to be entering this long-term relationship with Pyrolyx as it underlines our commitment to improving the sustainability of our products and operations. We are committed to innovative, environmentally beneficial technologies for our customers, while ensuring our tires meet the highest levels of safety performance,” said Dr. Andreas Topp, Vice President Material and Process Development and Industrialization at Continental.

Pyrolyx’s USA CEO, Thomas Redd, said, “This supply agreement is an extremely positive development for Pyrolyx and validates our approach to the recovery of carbon black from end-of-life tires and the acceptance of rCB globally. The validation of Pyrolyx’s rCB is a ‘game changer’ for Pyrolyx and the recovered carbon black industry.”

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