Bolder Industries and Kleenair partner to produce recovered carbon black from end-of-life tires
Bolder Industries recently announced their exclusive partnership agreement with Kleenair Industrial Products Co to be, reportedly, among the first specialty manufacturers of pyrolysis equipment to produce consistent, on-spec, high-quality Bolder Black, reusable synthetic gas and multiple cuts of oil. Bolder Black is the charter product for Bolder industries and replaces petroleum-derived carbon black for the use in creating the most sustainable plastic and rubber products globally. The intellectual property for the technology is co-owned by Kleenair Industrial Products and Bolder Industries.
According to the company’s press release, recognizing that Kleenair built its first tire pyrolysis system in 1983 and has been commercial since then was a factor in choosing who to partner with. The basis of Kleenair's technology, bolstered by sophisticated clients including Aerospace and Defense, which have spec beyond the company’s needs, and their ability to provide equipment that produces consistently at very high temperatures to create or modify products, is unprecedented, the press release says.
"This opens the doors wide open for advanced new product development and category innovation. Having a partner like Kleenair, who has experience solving problems and delivering applications across industries, means we now have design, technology manufacturing, product development, end product manufacture, and sales all under one roof. The collective intelligence will help us move the entire sustainable rubber and plastics industry forward. Partnering with our customers and the industry in unique ways serves our Vision to reduce GHG's, water and energy consumption and create local jobs," said Tony Wibbeler, CEO Bolder Industries.
According to the company, each Kleenair x Bolder Industries proprietary pyrolysis system can process 1.5 tons of scrap rubber per hour and convert it into Bolder Black and multiple cuts of clean oil with greater than 85% uptime and achieve greater than 95% on-spec product based on the current equipment. As Bolder Industries continues to ramp up production and looks to open new plants, it was essential to partner with an industrial manufacturing partner that could match their scale and precision.
Steve Gee, President and Owner of Kleenair, added, "We've had our eyes on Bolder Industries since 2012 and were waiting to see if they would be the ones to crack the code. Over the past decade, we've met with dozens of teams attempting to do what Bolder Industries has achieved. In 2017, it became clear that Bolder Industries' progress, plant, business model, successful applications, and the team were ready. Fast forward to today, our engineering and technology teams were blown away by how ready the Bolder Industries team was -- train one is already commissioned and sold out. It's incredible."
"We've been designing, engineering, and manufacturing custom furnaces and ovens for 50 years, so when your advanced engineering team gets this excited about a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to respond to a fast-growing industry, you get a partnership agreement in place. This partnership will start with advanced pyrolysis but clearly has manufacturing potential far beyond that. Tony [Wibbeler] and his team have cracked the code on rCB by perfecting Bolder Black," added Steve Gee.
Nate Murphy, Bolder Industries CTO, added, "This technological capability added to our portfolio gives our customers access to a fully operational facility, expanding plants, over 100 successful applications in the rubber marketplace, and feedstock and collection control." The first Bolder Industries specialty pyrolysis system is already in place and operating at capacity at the Bolder Industries Maryville, MO plant. Train Two is already under construction at the Bolder Industries' Maryville Facility, and Bolder Industries' is sited and permitted for additional plants, one in Europe and another in the Midwest United States, based on customer demand.
Press release by Bolder Industries.