Under an expanded cooperation, end-of-life tyre (ELT) recycling equipment manufacturer Eldan Recycling A/S and pyrolysis technology developer Pyrum Innovations AG will include each other’s products in their complete recycling solutions. The Danish and German firms say they’ll distribute these solutions “actively”.
In October 2021, Linglong Tire established a strategic cooperation with China-based renewable resources company Cleantire. The tyre maker declares that it was thus the “first tyre company in the world to achieve a strategic alliance with a waste tyre recycling company,” and although others may contest this title, the partnership is nonetheless significant. Linglong chairman and president, Wang Feng, signed a further comprehensive strategic cooperative agreement with Jiang Young, president of Cleantire, during an online ceremony at the start of April 2022.
With its acquisition of Trinseo’s rubber production plants in Schkopau, Germany late last year, Polish firm Synthos has also taken on the minority stake in Swiss start-up Tyre Recycling Solutions (TRS) that Trinseo held. It reports that its collaboration with TRS is now “progressing according to plan.”
Bridgestone Americas has commenced an exclusive partnership with carbon capture and transformation (CCT) specialist LanzaTech NZ, Inc. to address end-of-life tyre waste. The two companies will co-develop the first dedicated end-of-life tyre recycling process leveraging LanzaTech’s proprietary CCT technology.
ASTM International’s recovered carbon black (rCB) committee (D36) is developing a proposed standard for differentiating between various rCB products and providing quality control tool for producers and users. According to ATSM International member Pieter ter Haar, the voluntary consensus standards developer and implementer’s proposed WK81244 standard will aid the adoption of recovered carbon black produced from end-of-life tyres.
Pyrolysis end-of-life tyre recycler Pyrum Innovations AG has appointed Kai Winkelmann its chief financial officer. Starting 1 April 2022, the company’s former commercial director takes on the role for a period of three years. Winkelmann has also joined the Pyrum Executive Board.
Following the fire that destroyed its first pilot plant in February 2019 and hurled the company into operational and financial difficulties, in May 2021 Black Bear Carbon announced plans to build a new flagship plant within the Chemelot Industrial Park in Limburg, the Netherlands. The company took a further step towards realising its plan on 23 March when visiting the Chemelot site with potential investor NEOS Direct Lending.
Indian reclaimed rubber specialist GRP Ltd. shares that as of 16 February, it has installed capacity for recycling end-of-life tyres at a new plant in Solapur, Maharashtra state. The facility is capable of processing 6,000 tonnes of end-of-life tyres per annum.
Scandinavian Enviro Systems shares that it has received a recovered pyrolysis oil order worth SEK 2 million (approximately £158,000) from the subsidiary of a leading US oil company. The purchaser hasn’t been named but Enviro describes it as “one of the five largest oil companies in the US.” The oil company intends to carry out production tests with the oil at one of its refineries in Europe, with this testing determining the oil’s suitability as feedstock for producing various biofuels.
Bridgestone Corporation has commenced a joint programme with four other parties to develop chemical recycling technologies that can deliver high yields of isoprene from end-of-life tyres (ELTs). Earlier today it also announced the launch of a joint research and development project with one of these entities, Eneos Corporation, to extract raw materials from ELTs using pyrolysis with the aim of further using these materials to make new tyres.
Independent US-based marketer of petroleum and petrochemical products Tauber Oil Company has become the exclusive purchaser of BolderOil for the next 20 years under new a strategic marketing agreement. Bolder Industries will annually supply approximately two million barrels of oil recovered from end-of-life tyres.
With the appointment of Fredrik Alpner as Site Manager for its plant in Åsensbruk and future facility in Uddevalla, Swedish firm Scandinavian Enviro Systems says it has made a “strategic recruitment”. Alpner will take office in mid-April and initially work as site manager of Enviro’s Åsensbruk plant. Enviro intends for him to later assume responsibility for the future plant in Uddevalla in the role of site manager.
Australian waste tyre processor Pearl Global Limited, a firm claiming to possess a proprietary technology superior to traditional pyrolysis, has appointed a new chief executive officer. David Wheeley will commence in this capacity on 1 February 2022.
End-of-life tyre raw materials firm Bolder Industries has purchased a former Pyrolyx facility in the USA. It will retrofit the plant in Terre Haute, Indiana, which ceased operations in March 2020, with the Bolder Industries proprietary solution. Bolder will use the facility to increase its manufacturing capacity and commence production there early in 2023.
Australia’s government has launched ReMade in Australia, a new national effort to encourage industry to transform recycled waste into productive outcomes. Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) has expressed its strong agreement with the campaign.