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Scientists see innovative self-repairing rubber as raw material for tire manufacturing

Scientists see innovative self-repairing rubber as raw material for tire manufacturing

Innovations

May 21, 2020

Scientists at Flinders University in Australia have developed a new type of rubber that is “super-adhesive” and that, when combined with a special catalyst, becomes self-healing. According to recently released news, researchers in Australia created the rubber using only end-of-life materials, including sulfur, canola cooking oil and dicyclopentadiene from petroleum refining. This rubber, when damaged, is able to quickly repair itself at ambient temperature using an amine catalyst. In matter of minutes, damaged rubber, reportedly, gets as strong as before.

TRA warns that COVID-19 can lead to widespread increase in end-of-life tyre stockpiling

TRA warns that COVID-19 can lead to widespread increase in end-of-life tyre stockpiling

Regulations

May 20, 2020

“With little income just now, businesses still have overheads to meet while recycling gate prices are very much higher than at this time even a year ago. Furthermore, cash flows are under pressure like never before. The temptations are obvious and some will undoubtedly be driven to take in the nations old tyres at prices well below what are now necessary to move them properly through our recycling infrastructure. I suspect that many are being driven more by hope than expectations and faced with this financial reality will simply ‘dump and run’ leaving property owners and the public purse with yet again an ugly and very expensive problem. We must not allow this to happen. We can all play our part,” continues Taylor, “the Environment Agency and our other regulators must continue to offer help to operators but at the same time apply the test of realism in their role as enforcers.”

Canadian Eco-Flex to build tire recycling plant in Texas

Canadian Eco-Flex to build tire recycling plant in Texas

General

May 14, 2020

According to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), Texas is well-known among other American states for its end-of-life tire problem. This May, Eco-Flex – one of the leading tire recycling companies in Canada – announced it would establish a major manufacturing, distribution, and sales center in Lampasas, Texas to help tackle the problem. The new tire recycling plant is expected to bring up to 200 jobs to the area while supporting the state’s progressive economic growth plans. The construction of the 25,000-square-foot tire recycling plant is expected to begin on June 2, 2020.

Kal Tire’s retreading program helps lower environmental impact and cut down emissions

Kal Tire’s retreading program helps lower environmental impact and cut down emissions

Retreading

May 13, 2020

Kal Tire’s new carbon calculator quantifies environmental savings when retreading tires. The company recently announced the certification of its new carbon calculator that is able to determine fuel and carbon emissions saved by retreading earthmover tires compared to buying new. With that, the company is launching its Maple Program, which quantifies a customer’s environmental impact as they grow their fleet with tire retreads.

End-of-life tire recycling plant in Montana set on fire

End-of-life tire recycling plant in Montana set on fire

Safety

May 12, 2020

As reported by NBC Montana, Firefighters from multiple fire departments worked hard Sunday early morning last weekend to extinguish a fire at Tire Depot in Pablo. The tire recycling plant set on fire is located a mile north of Pablo off the highway U.S. 93 in Montana. Firefighters from Finley Point / Yellow Bay Fire Department told NBC Montana the fire at the plant was brought under control by 6:30 am.

Recovered carbon black facilities of Pyrolyx in U.S. and Germany remain closed due to COVID-19

Recovered carbon black facilities of Pyrolyx in U.S. and Germany remain closed due to COVID-19

Pyrolysis

May 11, 2020

As reported by Market Screener, Pyrolyx AG – an internationally renowned producer of recovered carbon black from end-of-life tires – recently announced that it would continue the current shut down of its recovered carbon black (rCB) manufacturing facilities in Terre Haute, Indiana and Stegelitz, Germany, which was at first announced on March 24, 2020. During the shutdown of its manufacturing facilities, Pyrolyx is reviewing operational and financial requirements to reopen facilities safely and efficiently at a later point of time.

Fiji to put end-of-life tire recycling on sustainable footing

Fiji to put end-of-life tire recycling on sustainable footing

General

May 7, 2020

End-of-life tires present a “far reaching environmental concern due to serious risk posed by the chemical contents and toxins released from the decomposition of tires,” – says Permanent Secretary Joshua Wycliffe. Wycliffe asserts that waste tires are a hazardous waste because they contain oils and heavy metals like lead which can persist in the environment, accumulating killer toxins across areas where end-of-life tires are stockpiled. In addition, Wycliffe says that burning waste tires release hazardous toxins that pose serious threat to human health, including respiratory disorders and other lasting consequences.

ANRPC revises its outlook on world natural rubber production due to pandemic

ANRPC revises its outlook on world natural rubber production due to pandemic

Natural Rubber

May 7, 2020

The Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) released April issue of its Natural Rubber Trends & Statistics. Below we cite the ANRPC’s publication and share views of the organization on the current trends on natural rubber markets, which very much affect prices for recycled rubber materials and goods. ANRPC writes that while the Covid-19 pandemic has put the entire world in a standstill with the lockdowns, movement controls, social distancing practices and widespread closures implemented by governments around the world, they have impacted the natural rubber industry in multiple ways. In this context, ANRPC has made a preliminary assessment of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the production, primary processing, trading and consumption of NR in its member countries. The key observations reported by member governments are briefly presented in the April issue of ANRPC’s Natural Rubber Trends and Statistics.

May issue of Tire Recycling Insights is out

May issue of Tire Recycling Insights is out

Newsletter

May 4, 2020

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