TireTech GmbH isn’t known to many in the tyre market, as Bernhard Brain and Karl Staudinger only set up the company last year. The two founders, however, each boast 25 years of professional experience and are experts in mechanical engineering and automation. The German company is now presenting an automated solution to grade used tyres for reuse or disposal: The new and already patented, modularly configurable TP1 with Tire Measurement Reporting System (TMRS) can examine up to 400 used car tyres per hour and – according to customer specifications – sort and dispatch these for further application, such as retreading. With this solution, Brain and Staudinger claim they’ve finally “brought automation to arbitrary, manual car tyre testing.”
Australian tyre recycler Green Distillation Technologies, which recycles tyres according to a kind of pyrolysis process, is considering expanding into the UK and other international markets.
Expansion began with an agreement with a tyre collection business who are so confident in the Australian technology that they have increased their commitment to GDT from 10 tyre recycling facilities across the US to 15 with the construction of three key plants to commence as soon as the regulatory agreements and government approvals are obtained.
British motorists pay a high price for repairs to damage caused by potholes. Claims for pothole damage are estimated to total around £4 billion annually, according to insurer Green Flag. And such is the public outcry over the state of the country’s roads that the government set aside a fund of £2.5 billion in the latest Budget to address the problem. To addres this, Roadmender Asphalt, a Sheffield-based bitumen technology company, has developed a novel approach to pothole repairs. The company uses mastic asphalt, one of which is called Elastomac. This novel thermoplastic includes seven end of life tyres in every tonne.
The Tyre Recovery Association is urging the Environment Agency to be more vigilant about stockpiling waste tyres. The association is concerned that the current relaxation of stockpile permitting rules could lead to operators storing more waste tyres than they can handle. With recycling gate prices high and cashflow under enormous pressure, the temptation to accept unrealistic collection price offers is great. However, if the collector is unable to process waste tyres as a result, abandoned waste tyre stockpiles could become “an ugly and very expensive problem”, which could prove damaging to the reputation of the tyre business as a whole.
It is fair to say that the waste sector has been kept busy during the Covid-19 lockdown. And that means firms such as Jones Skip Hire have needed to keep rolling. Indeed, With employees designated as key workers, waste businesses up and down the UK have pulled out all the stops to process the nation’s waste. Volumes of domestic refuse have increased during this period too. Forced to stay home, we’re all clearing out, decluttering and generally throwing more away. That’s without mentioning the effects of the early panic buying. As a result, waste and recycling companies have upped the ante to keep on top of the job.
Recycling firm Scandinavian Enviro Systems AB (Enviro) has completed a share issue worth 116 million Swedish Krone to Michelin. The issue is part of the letter of intent announced on 15 April 2020 and signals a “long-term strategic partnership between the two companies”.
SPR Group recently set up a new tyre recycling plant in San José, Costa Rica via its affiliate in Mexico.
The new facility, located in the capital city of Costa Rica, has been designed to afford the use of the secondary fast-rotation granulator getting an input up to 5 tonnes per hour. This technological solution developed by SPR Group makes it possible to obtain a granulometry lower than 35 mm ready to be used as Alternative Fuel in the industry.
According to a report published by Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA), 69 per cent of the 466,000 tonnes of end of life tyres generated within the country in 2018-19 were recovered for reuse or processing into tyre derived products or in thermal processing. This amount is the equivalent of 40.3 million car tyres. The 40.3 million […]
The European Tyre Recycling Association (ETRA) board and committee chair have unanimously agreed that “it would be in the best interests of speakers, delegates and guests” to postpone the forthcoming ETRA Conference. Therefore, the 27th ETRA Conference on Tyre Recycling has been delayed until 2 to 4 September 2020. The event had been scheduled to run from 25 to 27 March 2020.
The Motor Traders Association of Queensland (MTAQ) has become an investor in innovative Australian tyre recycler, Green Distillation Technologies Corporation (GDTC), which has discovered a process that turns end-of-life tyres into high value oil, carbon and steel.
Tighter waste recovery practices in India will drive “a big increase in recovery costs across Europe and beyond”, according to industry body the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA). Together with similar moves in some other SE Asian countries, the TRA warns vehicle dismantlers and tyre retailers that disposal costs could “as much as double” in the coming weeks and months.
A team of chemists at Canada’s McMaster University claim to have discovered an innovative way to break down and dissolve the rubber used in tyres. They believe their process could lead to more efficient methods of recycling.
Green Distillation Technologies has signed a deal to build its first plant in the United States. The agreement provides funding of up to US$100 million for the roll out of additional plants in the US, subject to the successful operation of the first one.