Michelin is investing US$30 million in building its first tyre recycling plant in the world in Chile. The project is the result of Michelin’s ongoing collaboration with Enviro, a Swedish company that has developed a patented technology to recover carbon black, oil, steel and gas from end-of-life tyres.
Located in Chile’s Antofagasta region, the plant will be able to recycle 30,000 tons of earthmover tyres a year, or nearly 60 per cent of such tyres scrapped every year nationwide. Work will begin this year, with production scheduled to get underway in 2023.
Olov Ershag is to become the chief operating officer of Scandinavian Enviro Systems after this summer, Ershag will be responsible for the technical components of future delivery projects together with the company’s project management in Sweden, and will optimise technical solutions for specific customer needs and criteria. He also takes over the responsibilities of Enviro’s current chief technical officer, Elisabeth Gustafsson, who after three years leaves the company for GU Ventures.
State-owned Chinese firm Guangzhou Vanlead Group, parent company of Wanli tyre brand manufacturer South China Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd, has signed two memorandums of understanding with Swedish firm Scandinavian Enviro Systems. The first of these covers the establishment of a turnkey recycling plant in Guangdong province, and the second the setting up of a joint venture to market Enviro’s patented technology across China.