Doublestar’s tire production facility. Photo: Tyre Press

Chinese tire manufacturer Doublestar announced that it started construction of innovative scrap rubber recycling plant in Zhumadian, China, in December.

The site is based at the city’s Runan County and occupies 2.15 million square feet. The entire facility will have the annual capacity of 200,000 tons of scrap rubber once it starts operation. $92.7 million were earmarked by the company to execute the project.

The site contains two phases, each including 100,000 tons of annual capacity.  It is scheduled that Phase 1 will be completed by the end of 2018.

According to Doublestar, the plant will become the world’s first Industry 4.0 plant for scrap rubber recycling, which will use innovative machinery for procedures such as rinsing, sorting, conveying, storage, drying and pyrolysis process. Thanks to Doublestar’s waste treatment technology, the plant is supposed to produce zero emission.

15 million tons of scrap tires were generated by China in 2016, as Doublestar asserts. The company’s innovative technology will enable the plant to completely recycle scrap tires and produce carbon black, fuel oil, synthetic gas and steel wire. The plant issupposed to be powered by gas generated from scrap tires.

Doublestar is planning to take measures to expand its presence in the scrap rubber recycling segment and the construction of the site is the first step. Three additional recycling facilities and a research center are expected to be constructed by the company in the future.

Article Source: Rubber & Plastics News, Doublestar Tyre