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Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. (NYSE: OEC), one of the leading global suppliers of specialty and high-performance carbon black, has partnered with RISE Research Institutes of Sweden in a project to develop and produce renewable carbon black (rCB). This collaboration represents an important step towards more climate-neutral carbon black production by replacing traditional carbon black feedstock with pyrolysis oil from biomass oil. Orion plans to convert the biomass oil into carbon black using its small-scale furnace reactor in Kalscheuren, Germany and will explore ways to upscale the process to match market demands. Additionally, using a pilot-scale reactor at its site in Piteå, Sweden, RISE will evaluate the use of electrofuels, such as plasma or hydrogen from electrolysis, as sustainable heat sources for the carbon black process.
Aiming at waste reduction and actually creating new economic opportunities, Fiji’s government is funding the new Fijian Stewardship of Tyres with an allocation of $200,000 in the 2021-2022 financial year, Fiji Times report. “It is a tragedy to see used tires ending up in ditches by the road, strewn across the coast, in our communities and it becomes the breeding grounds for mosquitoes,” said Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while delivering the 2021- 2022 National Budget last Friday. “Rather than being discarded and left to become unsightly breeding grounds for mosquitoes, they can actually be used for productive purposes. “Through this new program, we will be buying back used tires for loose tire imports and imposing a tire recycling levy on all new and second-hand imported vehicles
U.S. Rubber Recycling Inc., an American-based tire recycling business that converts end-of-life truck tires into rubber flooring and sound-reducing panels, reports that it boosted its sales by 40% in 2020 – during the global pandemic of Covid-19. The company plans to hire another 20 workers this year and is looking for a bigger manufacturing space of 100,000 to 150,000 square feet. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Rubber Recycling Inc.) Orange County Register reports that U.S. Rubber Recycling CEO, Jeff Baldassari, attributes the company’s 2020 sales increase to a few factors: “People changed their buying behavior in 2020 because of the virus,” he says. “They weren’t going to stores as much, but online sales went up. We’ve had a longtime partnership with Rubber Flooring, which sells rubber mats and flooring, and their sales exploded because of online buying.”