Birla Carbon and Circtec to supply sustainable carbonaceous materials to rubber and plastics industries
In its recent press release, Birla Carbon – the world's largest producer of carbon black – announced a partnership for sustainability with Circtec – an end-of-life tire pyrolysis operator focused on production of renewable fuels and recovered carbon black.
According to the press release:
- Circtec will become the largest producer of Sustainable Carbonaceous Materials
- Birla Carbon to deliver Sustainable Carbonaceous Materials to customers through its extensive product development capabilities
- Partnership to create the single largest source of Sustainable Carbonaceous Materials for the tire, mechanical rubber goods, and plastic industries
Circtec is referred to as one of the leaders in pyrolysis technology and the production of renewable fuels from end-of-life tires. Birla Carbon, who is the world's largest producer of carbon black, signed a long-term supply agreement for Sustainable Carbonaceous Materials with Circtec, creating the largest sustainability footprint in the carbon black industry. Birla’s press release highlights that through the company’s technical expertise, customized solutions, and global presence, Birla Carbon will take this sustainability solution to its customers around the world. This is consistent with Birla Carbon’s leadership position in sustainability and innovation over the last decade.
For over more than a decade, Circtec has been developing its proprietary production processes to commercial scale; and now to support this landmark circular economy partnership, Circtec is setting up a flagship production plant in the Netherlands. According to Birla Carbon, Circtec’s pyrolysis plant in the Netherlands will become the largest, most sustainable and most efficient pyrolysis plant in Europe. The Circtec’s tire pyrolysis plant is expected to go into production by the end of 2022.
While putting millions of end-of-life tires through the pyrolysis recycling process, the Circtec plant will have a total annual production capacity of 73,000 tons of Sustainable Carbonaceous Materials in the next five years. This plant will be the largest single source of Sustainable Carbonaceous Materials and also of product-grade renewable fuels from the end-of-life tire pyrolysis.
Commenting on the association, Dr. Santrupt B. Misra, Chief Executive Officer at Birla Carbon, said:
“Our commitment to sustainability over the last decade has seen Birla Carbon bring more and more innovation-focused solutions to our customers. This partnership with Circtec is a big step towards product circularity in our value chain and bringing our customers’ sustainability aspirations closer to reality.” He further added, “Through our collaboration with Circtec, we will become the largest suppliers of Sustainable Carbonaceous Materials in the world, weaving together technology expertise and customized solutions”.
A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Circtec’s process, conducted according to ISO 14040 and ISO 14044, demonstrates that, at full capacity, 228,000 tonnes of direct and indirect CO2 emissions will be eliminated on an annual basis when compared to the conventional carbon black process.
Commenting on the partnership with Birla Carbon, Allen Timpany, co-founder and CEO of Circtec, shared, “Our long-term alliance with Birla Carbon is instrumental to our objective to build a leading global business in the low-carbon circular economy.”
Robert Harper, co-founder and Deputy CEO says:
“We look forward to working on our partnered mission of creating a more circular world using our leadership in innovation and technology to create sustainable products from end-of-life tires.”
Pieter Ter Haar, Circtec’s Director of Research and Development says:
“The combination of Birla Carbon and Circtec gives a leading edge in the development of circular product technology for the carbon black industry.”
Following the news by Circtec and Birla Carbon, Martin von Wolfersdorff, a global carbon black expert, discussed the partnership announcement of the two companies with Robert Harper, co-founder and deputy CEO of Circtec. The live streaming was held in LinkedIn and is available via the link below.
Circtec is one of the leading innovators of pyrolysis technology and a producer of renewable fuels from end-of-life tires. The Circtec group affiliates have a footprint across 5 countries in Europe, with 2 manufacturing plants and a third under development. In addition to production plants, the group includes both design & engineering and research & development units. Since 2009, Circtec’s proprietary production technologies have been consistently developed to commercial scale, and have supplied several global multinational industrial partners with renewable fuel products over long-term offtake agreements. Circtec is now diversifying to also take a leading position in the production of circular economy chemicals. Circtec’s focus is on innovation and technology leadership, scaling sustainability in the chemical, petrochemical and oil sectors.
To learn more, please proceed to www.circtec.com.
About Birla Carbon
Birla Carbon is one of the leading global suppliers of carbon black. As one of the flagship businesses of the leading Indian multinational conglomerate, the Aditya Birla Group, Birla Carbon provides innovative sustainable carbon black solutions that enhance the performance of paints and coatings, inks and toners, plastics, adhesives, sealants, textile fibers, mechanical rubber goods, and tires. The company’s footprint extends across 12 countries with 16 manufacturing facilities and two state-of-the-art technology centers in Marietta (USA) and Taloja (India), providing industry-leading innovation. Its Sustainable Operational Excellence (SOE) strategy focuses on employee safety, environmental stewardship, efficient use of carbon sources, and operating in a socially and ethically responsible manner.
For more information, please visit www.birlacarbon.com.
Press release by Birla Carbon.