Lehigh’s plant in Georgia, USA. Photo: Lehigh Technologies

Lehigh Technologies, a company specializing in production of micronized rubber powders (MRP) from recycled tires, is starting manufacturing MRP within its Spain-based facility located in the north of Spain, Murillo el Fruto.

Lehigh Technologies is an American company and its Spanish plant managed by HERA Holding, a company from Barcelona, is a first foreign facility owned by the US brand. The plant relies on Lehigh’s cryogenic turbo mill system, and has an annual capacity of 10,000 metric tons of MRP. It is aimed at production of MRP from waste tires and used rubber.

Hera became Lehign’s partner in 2012, and in 2016 two brands have entered a conjoint venture agreement.

According to Lehigh’s CEO Alan Barton, the association with HERA started with simple sales and deliveries of scrap tires collected at Spain to US for Lehigh, which, after that, were recycled into MRP with the product being fully in line with EU’s standards. The materials then were shipped back to the Spanish partners.

The Murillo el Fruto facility was built with the assistance of the British engineering company, Jex Engineering, as well as it received support of the Dennis Group and Air Products & Chemicals Inc.

During autumn 2017, Lehigh was purchased by Group Michelin, and before that, the brand used to supply Michelin with its MRPs for a decade. Now Lehigh functions in accordance with the big corporation’s strategy, namely Sustainable Mobility Plan, that urges tire manufacturers to use predominantly recycled materials in its products. Moreover, its ambition is to make them use exclusively recycled contents by 2048.

Lehigh is a global brand, as its customers involved in tire production are based in the US, Europe and the Middle East. Additionally, it deals with other clients who work in non-tire applications sector and produce bitumen, materials for surfacing, etc.

Lehigh is also hopeful to build new plants in other countries, most likely, in Asia or South America.

This time, the company has chosen Europe, as it has already had many customers in need of the supplies in the region.

Article by Tire Business