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December issue of Tire Recycling Insights is out

December issue of Tire Recycling Insights is out

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December 2, 2021

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Outstanding success of the 2021 Recovered Carbon Black Conference in Amsterdam

Outstanding success of the 2021 Recovered Carbon Black Conference in Amsterdam

Events

December 1, 2021

Following its traditionally successful track record, another Recovered Carbon Black Conference organized by Smithers turned out to be a great success. The conference took place on November 22-23, 2021, in Amsterdam (The Netherland). Recognized within the industry as an essential platform for experts and innovators, the program offered a 360-degree perspective of the Recovered Carbon Black market. Key industry leaders from around the world shared their expertise, case studies and latest findings.

51% of Danish tire recycler Genan sold to Maj Invest Equity

51% of Danish tire recycler Genan sold to Maj Invest Equity

Tire Recycling

November 30, 2021

According to the press release by Genan from October this year, new majority shareholder of environmental company Genan, one of the largest tire recycling companies in the world, is Maj Invest Equity 5 K/S. Sole owner of Genan since 2014, PKA has made an agreement with Maj Invest Equity for the latter to take over 51% of shares. PKA continues to co-own as minority shareholder. Genan Holding A/S is the parent company of the Genan group, which counts six recycling plants in Denmark, Germany, Portugal and the USA – and has more than 300 employees worldwide. Genan’s annual report for 2020, which was presented in May, showed an EBITDA of just under EUR 12m, which is a most satisfactory result considering the Corona crisis.

Michelin and Bridgestone to transform recovered carbon black into resource for new tires

Michelin and Bridgestone to transform recovered carbon black into resource for new tires

Carbon Black

November 29, 2021

Michelin and Bridgestone publicly announced their collaboration on developing the recovered carbon black on November 22 at the Smithers rCB Conference in Amsterdam. Sander Vermeulen of Michelin and Jake Ronsholt of Bridgestone took to the stage to discuss the role of pyrolysis in the tire recycling industry as well as the opportunities it presents. Vermeulen was apparent that pyrolysis had the potential to reduce the amount of fossil fuel utilized for virgin Carbon Black used in tires, but there were obstacles. Vermeulen was apparent that pyrolysis had the potential to reduce the amount of fossil fuel utilized for virgin Carbon Black used in tires, but there were obstacles. According to Vermeulen, many operators had demonstrated that industrial pyrolysis on a small scale could produce the needed rCB. However, when scaled up to major commercial operations, there was no uniformity and no standards, and there was a lack of consistency and specification.

Weibold Academy: Regulatory issues in chemical recycling of end-of-life tires – EU regulations (part I)

Weibold Academy: Regulatory issues in chemical recycling of end-of-life tires – EU regulations (part I)

Academy

November 28, 2021

The International Organization for Standardization (2008, 2013) defines chemical recycling as a production of new raw materials by changing the chemical structure of polymers (e.g., plastic, rubber) through depolymerization, excluding energy recovery and incineration. Whereby depolymerisation is understood as a reversion of a polymer to its monomer(s) or to a polymer of lower relative molecular mass. This irreversible chemical decomposition (depolymerization) in pyrolysis processes is caused solely by a rise in temperature in an inert or oxygen free environment (UIPAC, 2021).

Catalonia’s GMN reached milestone of 7 million end-of-life tires recycled

Catalonia’s GMN reached milestone of 7 million end-of-life tires recycled

Tire Recycling

November 26, 2021

GMN is one of Spain's largest tire recyclers, with its headquarters in Catalonia. According to the Agència de Residus de Catalunya, it operates in a market that generates some 40,000 tons per year in Catalonia alone. Spain's GMN continues to be a success story as it recycles its 7 millionth end-of-life tire. GMN has two facilities: one with 10,000 square meters in Manresa and the other with 40,000 square meters in Maials (Segrià). The initial stage involves collecting and sorting tires from Barcelona and Girona, which are then transported to Maials, where the manufacturing and offices are located. Lleida, Tarragona, and Huesca tires are also delivered here.

Pittsburgh-based tire recycler aims to improve recovered carbon black production technology

Pittsburgh-based tire recycler aims to improve recovered carbon black production technology

Pyrolysis

November 26, 2021

Carbon Black is produced by burning fossil fuels, however the market is shifting as the rubber and plastics industries turn to tire pyrolysis as a source of recovered Carbon Black. Smart Tire Recycling (STR), based in Pittsburgh, says that their innovative method yields recovered Carbon Black (rCB), which is equivalent to virgin Carbon Black used in tires. Pyrolysis, which needs high temperatures to transform materials into liquid in the absence of oxygen, has been the primary technology for producing rCB until now. Despite a long history of research and development, meeting the criteria and needed properties for usage as a CB replacement has remained a challenge.

Genan introduces floating energy surcharge as costs increase

Genan introduces floating energy surcharge as costs increase

Tire Recycling

November 23, 2021

The business strategy of Genan, Europe's largest mechanical tyre recycler, has been impacted by rising energy costs. As a result, Genan has separated energy charges from its process list and will display a quarterly updated energy price scale alongside the materials cost. According to Genan’s CEO Poul Steen Rasmussen, energy prices have been increasing for quite some time, and Genan has been absorbing these significant extra expenditures through 2021. The company says it cannot, however, continue along this path. The Circular Economy requires energy in order to transform end-of-life items into fresh recycled raw materials, and the recycling industry alone cannot meet this demand. Rasmussen says by 2022, Genan will have to enact a portion of this bill as a variable energy surcharge.

Enviro aims to launch pyrolysis plant in Uddevalla, Sweden

Enviro aims to launch pyrolysis plant in Uddevalla, Sweden

Pyrolysis

November 22, 2021

Scandinavian Enviro Systems (Enviro) has formally submitted an environmental permit application for the recycling plant that the company intends to establish in Uddevalla, Sweden. The application pertained to the establishment of a tire pyrolysis plant on an industrial site in the Lillesjö district of Uddevalla Municipality. The facility would have an initial annual capacity of 30,000 tons of end-of-life tires but the long-term plan for the facility is to process up to 60,000 tons per year. Enviro expects the application process to take up to one year.