For tire recyclers focused at pyrolysis and carbon black production, the good news has come from United States. Standardization of recycled carbon black is soon going to be introduced in the industry.

On the 6th of February, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) announced opening a committee which will develop standards for the recovered carbon black (rCB). The goal of the ASTM’s new committee D36 will be to establish and update standards in end-of-life tire (ELT) and scrap rubber decomposition, standards in material characteristics and sustainability.

ASTM declared that the committee will be formed and governed by the members of its existing committee on carbon black (D24) who engaged in working with a vast portfolio of standards on recycled carbon black goods.

James Thomas, ASTM’s president, said ASTM is honored to be selected as an entity which will develop standards for “the world’s leading experts in yet another exciting and innovative industry.”

Former member of the board of directors Anthony Thornton became a chair of the new D36 Committee. Mr. Thornton also serves as a director of performance and product integrity at Micromeritics Instrument Corp. located in Norcross, Georgia.

The first meeting of the committee will be hosted in Brussels on the 22nd of March 2017 together with the annual conference of the European Tire Recycling Association (ETRA).

Article by ERJ.