Month: March 2016

Designed to save lives: The “Rubberized Structure House” – Innovation in the application of recycled rubber material

Main characteristics of the rubber material are waterproofness and flexibility. Based on these qualities is also the invention of the Croatian constructor and professor Stipan Orcic – the Rubberized Structure House. Primal reason for his invention are the frequent floods and earthquakes around the world with catastrophic consequences and many human casualties. The Rubberized Structure Houses are designed to reduce casualties in these areas. A Rubberized Structure House constitutes a novelty in the civil engineering. By rubberizing the metal structure, rubber having negative building characteristics, obtains elements making it equal with other building materials. In extreme weather conditions, or earthquakes, it makes it superior to other building materials. The rubberized construction increases resistance to destruction as result of earthquake. During floods the rubberized walls make it impossible for mater to penetrate to the interior. The raw material needed for the metal structure rubberizing is a mixture of recycled car tyres and other waste. The invention relates to the field of housing construction. The rubber structured housing construction would be standardized and with serially produced elements. The Rubber Structured House is designed to solve the problems of houses arising from earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes. Owing to its flexibility, the building of such a structure would resist destructive effects of intensive earthquakes and storms. Impermeability, waterproof quality, and possibility of hermetic closing of a building will provide high security to people...

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Scrap tire recycling facility opens in Kitchener, Ontario

Tyromer Waterloo in Kitchener, Ontario, turns rubber from scrap tires into Tyromer-TDP. Tyromer Inc., a company established by the University of Waterloo to commercialize a better way to recycle scrap tire rubber and to manage scrap tires, has announced the opening of its facility, Tyromer Waterloo, in Kitchener, Ontario. The Tyromer technology invented by Professor Costas Tzoganakis of the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, turns scrap tire rubber into Tyromer-TDP (tire-derived polymer). Tyromer says the Tyromer Waterloo facility will be the first manufacturer to introduce Tyromer-TDP and will showcase the potential impact the Tyromer devulcanization technology can have on tire recycling in Ontario, Canada, and globally. “Each year more than 300 million scrap tires are generated in North America. During the average life of a tire, only 20 percent of the rubber is used, leaving a staggering 10 billion pounds of scrap tires,” says Sam Visaisouk, CEO, Tyromer Inc. “With Tyromer-TDP, there is now a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable solution to the global management of scrap tires.” Tyromer received early financial support from Michelin Development Co., Ontario Centres of Excellence and University of Waterloo to scale up its technology. Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) provided a research grant for Tyromer to strategically focus on the devulcanization of scrap tire rubber crumb, which allows this high-value recycled material to be used in greater quantities as a replacement for...

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Lehigh Technologies appoints two vice presidents

Lehigh Technologies, a leading specialty chemicals company that produces micronized rubber powders (MRP), recently announced the promotion of two industry veterans to its leadership team. Ryan Alleman has been named vice president for coatings, construction and asphalt, and Jason Stravinski has been named vice president of operations. The executives are tasked with ensuring operational success and opening new markets as Lehigh continues its rapid market growth. According to Lehigh Technologies CEO, Dr Alan Barton “Lehigh is fortunate to add such experienced and talented executives to our leadership team. To successfully bring low-cost, sustainable raw materials to highly technical markets, it is critical to have a team with deep experience in the markets we serve and the technical knowledge and credibility to back it up. Ryan and Jason have already established a track record for delivering compelling results for dozens of customers, and they will play a key role in helping Lehigh continue to meet rapidly increasing demand for sustainable materials in the specialty chemicals market.” Alleman joined Lehigh Technologies in 2007 and has driven dramatic growth in the coatings, construction and asphalt segments over the past seven years. He introduced a technically-based approach to the use of MRP in target segments. Prior to Lehigh, Alleman spent 14 years at Ciba Specialty Chemicals in several market development and commercial leadership roles. In his new role at Lehigh, Ryan will continue...

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Project Green Ball®: New Milestones in Tennis Ball Recycling

Project Green Ball® is the voluntary product stewardship organization of the tennis industry. They are a non-profit, sustainability initiative to coordinate innovative recycling programs for used tennis balls. They support a variety of recycling programs, some of which result in the donation of surfaces based on recycled balls to organizations servicing people with disabilities or life threatening diseases. Three hundred million tennis balls are manufactured worldwide each year (with over 125 million used in the US) and tons of balls are discarded into landfills each year. The balls decompose very slowly and take up space in landfills, reportedly producing methane gas and contributing to global warming. Everyone is aware of reuse applications for tennis balls – bottoms of chairs and walkers and as toys for dogs. But there is a limit to how many balls each year can be put to this purpose. And, even if reused, ultimately these balls still remain in the waste stream and wind up in landfills. There is no industry solution to recycling tennis balls. Project Green Ball is devoted to ongoing finding innovative recycling projects and ideas for recycling. They have teamed with IGK Equestrian, a leading equestrian turf provider, to produce equestrian arena turf based on ground tennis balls. In exchange for delivery of 200,000 balls to their equestrian turf provider, IGK Equestrian has agreed to donate a ball-based equestrian surface to...

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WASMA 2015: 27 – 29 October 2015 Moscow, Russia

12th International exhibition of equipment and technologies for water treatment and waste management Wasma is an effective platform for demonstration of equipment and technologies for water treatment, waste management and recycling. Exhibitors: Russian and international manufacturers, distributors of equipment for transportation, storage, processing and disposal of waste, for treatment of industrial / wastewater and water treatment; waste processing technologies to generate energy; municipal engineering. Visitors are experts of organizations and companies decision makers of purchases in the following areas of activities: Municipal administrations State unitary enterprises Airports, railway stations and railway companies Housing and public utilities service providers And representatives of the following areas: recycling and waste management, water treatment and water treatment, engineering, construction, waste management, integrated waste sorting, petrochemicals. Official Website: Get Your Free E-ticket to the Exhibition: WASMA 2014...

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