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September 11, 2018

Tire recycler Black Bear is expanding

Filed under: Tire Recycling — Notch @ 4:40 pm

Rubber & Plastics News reports that Black Bear, a Dutch tire recycling company, has raised $12.8 million to refine its recovered carbon black (rCB) technology and start the global roll out of its cradle-to-cradle system. Black Bear has formed a new consortium with four partners: ING Group, investment firms 5square and Social Impact Ventures, and the Thai conglomerate SCG.

Black Bear’s industrial-scale prototype plant is located in Nederweert, Netherlands. It is capable of processing 1 million waste tires annually, thereby producing 5,000 metric tons each of rCB and bio-fuel, 3,000 tons of steel and one megawatt hour of green electricity per year. The new partnership aims to build up to 1,000 such plants worldwide.

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July 6, 2018

​Enviro signs MoU with Treadcraft to build tire recycling plant in USA

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 2:49 pm

Enviro has signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Treadcraft Limited to establish a new recycling plant in the city of Buffalo, New York.

The project has great support from both the State of New York and the city of Buffalo. The ambition is to start the project at the end of this year, says Thomas Sörensson, CEO Enviro.

The agreement is valid for a period of 6 months and applies to a recycling plant of minimum 30,000 tons of end-of-life tires per year.

Read the full press release here.

July 3, 2018

Sustainable materials key to vehicle, tire industry growth

Filed under: Tire Recycling, Tires — Notch @ 3:22 pm

Finding new, sustainable materials for automobiles and auto parts is a crucial part of developing breakthrough solutions for future mobility, Group Michelin and Ford Motor Co. executives said at the recent Movin’On 2018 conference in Montreal.

With the increase in consumers numbering in the billions in the coming decade, there will also be a “tremendous increase in demand for raw materials in the automotive sector, but traditional materials such as natural rubber, steel and petroleum feedstocks for synthetic rubber are in finite supply,” said Francois Masson, leader of Michelin’s recycling program.

“The traditional production model is very linear,” he said. “You make products, you use them, and you dispose of them. We must reconsider that model.”

“The goal is to discover how to increase the uptake of sustainable materials,” he said. “In the design of new mobility products, we need a more sustainable, circular economic model with shorter-loop recycling.”

According to Deborah Mielewski, senior technical leader, materials sustainability at Ford, Ford has always been in the vanguard of researching sustainable materials, beginning with Henry Ford himself.

“Henry Ford believed that agriculture and industry should work together in the development of plant-based materials,” she said. “Once a great idea, always a great idea.”

Historically, Ford has used soybeans in car parts and agricultural byproducts such as wheat straw for steering wheels. Soybeans and wheat straw are far from the only plant-based products Ford uses today, the Ford exec said. The auto maker uses coconut hulls for truck mats, cellulose from tree fiber, pulp from the lumber industry, flax fiber, and rice hulls for parts in the F-150 pickup, she said. “There’s a huge excess of tomato seeds and peels from the tomato processing industry,” she said. “We’re drying that material and using it as a reinforcing fiber in plastics.”

Ford is also collaborating with companies in other industries, such as Coca-Cola Co. and Nike Inc., and Tequila Cuervo La Rojeña, S.A. de C.V, Ms. Mielewski said.

Referenced article found here.

Michelin cites Lehigh as critical retread business supplier

Filed under: Tire Recycling, Tires — Notch @ 2:18 pm

Over the past decade, Michelin has been incorporating recycled powdered rubber into the tread rubber used by its licensed retreaders, in order to increase the sustainable material content of its tires. During that time, Michelin has worked with Lehigh Technologies L.L.C., the Tucker, Ga.-based producer of what it calls “Micronized Rubber Powders” (MRP), which Michelin acquired last October as part of its drive toward more sustainability.

Michelin plans to be the global leader in using MRP in new tires. Working with Lehigh ensures that supply chain efficiencies are maximized and that the specification of the materials fits the performance requirements of the retread compounds.

“Michelin and our customers will continue to benefit from the implementation of this closed-loop approach, where tires are recycled into tires, with Lehigh Technologies,” according to Gary Scheide, responsible for materials manufacturing for Michelin North America.

Michelin outlined its sustainability goals at the Movin’ On 2018 conference. Read more here.

June 2, 2018

Michelin sets tire-recycling goals

Filed under: Tire Recycling — Notch @ 11:46 am

At the Movin’ On 2018 sustainable mobility conference this week, Michelin announced two new goals: to use 80 percent sustainable materials in the manufacture of its tires and to invest in technology to make its tires 100 percent recyclable by 2048.

Today, the world-wide recovery rate for tires is 70 percent and the recycling rate is 50 percent. Michelin tires are currently made using 28 percent sustainable materials (26 percent bio-sourced materials like natural rubber, sunflower oil, limonene etc., and 2 percent recycled materials such as steel or recycled powdered tires). For a sustainable future, Michelin is investing in high technology recycling technologies to be able to increase this content to 80 percent sustainable materials.

One such investment was acquiring Lehigh Technologies Inc. late last year, a company that transforms the rubber from end-of-life tires into material that can be used in new tires, and other products. The micronized rubber powders (MRP) that Lehigh creates can be substituted for oil- and rubber-based feedstocks in lots of applications, including tires.

“If we achieve these ambitions, we would save 33 million barrels of oil each year,” said Cyrille Roget, Michelin’s technical and scientific communication director, “That is equivalent to the entire annual oil consumption of France.”

Michelin admits it needs the rest of the tire industry to join in the mission. “This is not something that we can achieve alone,” says Roget, calling both of these goals “major ambitions.”

Read the full press release here.

May 24, 2018

Enviro announces largest order from international tire company

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 11:18 am

Enviro has received a follow-up order on EnviroCB from an international tire manufacturer. The order is Enviro’s single largest so far, valued at over 100,000 SEK. Revenues are expected in Q2 2018.

The international tire manufacturer made the first order at the beginning of the year after thorough material tests. The delivered EnviroCB will be used for solid tires manufactured in Sri Lanka.

“Receiving a follow-up order of a much larger volume demonstrates both the quality of material and the market’s growing need for reclaimed carbon black. This is one of several major solid tire manufacturers where we see growing interest, in addition to the several tire manufacturers we have received positive feedback from,” says Thomas Sörensson, CEO of Enviro.

January 4, 2018

Doublestar to build smart rubber recycling plant

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 3:15 pm

In December, Doublestar broke ground on its smart plant for scrap rubber recycling in Zhumadian, China, in the city’s Runan County.

The plant covers 2.15 million square feet and will be able to handle 200,000 tons of scrap rubber annually when fully operational. The company has budgeted $92.7 million for the project.

The project contains two phases, with 100,000 tons of annual capacity each. Phase 1 is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2018, Doublestar said.

According to the press release, the site will be the world’s first Industry 4.0 site for scrap rubber recycling, with smart technology used in processes such as sorting, rinsing, drying, conveyance, pyrolysis and storage.

The plant also boasts zero emission using Doublestar’s waste treatment technology. With machinery developed by Doublestar, the site will be able to fully recycle scrap tire, generating primary oil, carbon black, steel wire, and gas, the last of which will be used to fuel the plant.

Read the full press release here.

International tire manufacturer places new order on Enviro’s recycled carbon black

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 2:41 pm

A leading tire manufacturer has placed a first order on Enviro’s recycled carbon black, EnviroCB, for immediate delivery.

“Initially the order volume is small, but is expected to increase significantly over time. The customer is a global manufacturer of tires and rubber applications and this order relates to industrial tires”, says Thomas Sörensson, CEO of Enviro.

The order comes after completing thorough material tests.

The delivered EnviroCB will be used for industrial tires manufactured in Sri Lanka.

Read full press release here.

December 12, 2017

AkzoNobel and Black Bear team up to make powder coatings from old tires

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 8:15 am

Tires that have reached the end of the road are being harvested for carbon black and used to produce powder coatings in a new cooperation between AkzoNobel and Dutch company Black Bear.

The Cradle-to-Cradle certified carbon black supplied by Black Bear – which is obtained from end-of-life tires – is being used as pigment in the eco-premium products developed by AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings business. With this cooperation AkzoNobel not only uses carbon black, traditionally obtained from fossil fuels, with a vastly lower CO2 footprint, but also helps to solve the global waste tire problem.

“This partnership is a great example of how the supply chain can contribute to CO2 savings,” said André Veneman, AkzoNobel’s Director of Sustainability. “We encourage more suppliers to work with us and collectively contribute to develop more sustainable product solutions.”

Powder coatings are an inherently sustainable product as they contain no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and produce virtually no waste. The majority of products supplied through AkzoNobel’s market-leading Interpon brand also qualify as eco-premium.

Read the full press release here.

August 30, 2017

Pyrolyx begins construction of recovered carbon black plant in U.S.

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 10:42 am

Pyrolyx A.G. has begun construction of a recovered carbon black plant in Terre Haute, Indiana. The German company said once fully operational, the facility can produce nearly 13 metric tons of carbon black per year at full capacity and will be capable of recycling about 4 million tires a year, with a staff of 55.

Pyrolyx will finance the project with the proceeds of $30.2 million in Economic Development Solid Waste Facility Revenue Bonds issued by a U.S. subsidiary, Pyrolyx USA Indiana L.L.C., the company said.

Niels Raeder, CEO of the Pyrolyx Group said: “By building its second plant – now in the USA, the Pyrolyx Group is emphasizing its global expansion plans. The increase in its production capacity will uniquely allow Pyrolyx to meet the growing demand for recovered carbon black. Even before construction begins, we have signed long-term purchase contracts for Pyrolyx rCB.”

Pyrolyx expects the plant to be in operation by May 2019.

Read the full press release here.

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