Dear Readers,

Month by month, our Weibold Academy series touches different topics from the world of tire recycling and highlights different sides of running this business. If you have missed our previous articles, you can find links in the end of this post.

Wire-free tire chips used for landscaping and as tire-derived fuel. Photo: news.wisc.edu

Newcomers to the tire recycling industry are usually interested in assessing their challenges to succeed in the business and therefore they often ask how big the tire recycling market is. To estimate the size of the global tire recycling market we must acknowledge that tire recycling is an industry driven by environmental need and economic opportunities. According to the European Tire and Rubber Manufacturing Association (ETRMA), the global tire output is estimated at over 1.5 billion units per year, and therefore just about as many units turn into end-of-life tires the same year.

We must take into account that measuring the size of the tire recycling market, we consider products which could use recycled rubber and other materials from tires. There are endless applications for end of life tires such as infill for artificial turf, various construction materials, rubberized asphalt, thermoplastic elastomers and compounding, tire manufacturing, playground mats, flooring tiles, gym pavements, tire-derived fuel which is used today mostly in the cement industry, pyrolytic fuel for stationary and vehicular engines, insulation systems and products made from steel, fiber and recovered carbon black.

Today, developed economies are trying to increase recycled content in consumer goods. Some fields where recycled tire rubber is used are developing in relatively steady pace, and some are just booming. According to the Global Market Insights Inc., a global market research and management consulting company, recycled elastomers market will grow by 13% per year from 2018 to 2025. The company asserts that:

“Driven by the increasing investments in construction projects, recycled elastomers market share from infrastructure applications will surge approximately 10% during the forecast period.”

Apart from that, the company’s forecast mentions expanding home and gardening sector as a driving force which spurs demand for recycled elastomers. Recycled tire rubber here plays increasingly more important role and accounts for the most important part of all recycled rubber content.

Also, tires to energy sector sees a steady and unflagging development. According to statistics by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), in the United States alone, around 300 million tires are annually scrapped and about 52% of this number are used as a tire-derived fuel (TDF). TDF has benefits over fossil fuels like coal, as it has a higher calorific value, and leads to lower CO2 emissions. Therefore, industries like cement producers are willing to utilize more of this material.

A very important breakthrough has been made by tire pyrolysis operators. Only recently, recovered carbon black from ELTs started being accepted by major automotive manufacturers like Volvo Cars and other large industrial companies. Combined with tremendous R&D efforts of the major tire pyrolysis industry players, recovered carbon black is becoming a more likely substitute for virgin carbon black. We also expect a very big growth over the next 10 years in this field which will be combined with major technology advances.

Weibold’s team constantly monitors the latest developments on the market and value-adding technologies for recycled rubber materials. Usually, innovative products made from recycled tire rubber become widespread in the industry and very popular on the market. This happens in particular due to the high quality of materials and lower cost of products compared to virgin materials. However, a lot of effort is needed to convince industries to shift from conventional resources to recycled rubber.

Most of the markets suitable for recycled tires include multi-billion industries which, when added together, shape a huge market full of opportunities. The biggest challenge for tire recyclers in these markets is to reach these massive industries to offer them innovative solutions, know-how, the best quality and prices. At the same time, tire recycling companies usually collaborate with governments to help implement stable tire collection programs. As a rule, authorities and governmental institutions in OECD countries support tire recycling businesses in their efforts to integrate recycled rubber in circular economy; namely, they help recyclers reach these influential representatives of the industries and design regulations encouraging use of recycled materials in consumer products.

Weibold carries out market researches and monitors innovations in the field of tire recycling technologies and products made from recycled rubber. Our studies helped many tire recycling companies around the world launch and upgrade their plants, opt for right products, add value to their goods and optimize manufacturing. To learn more about our activities, consider list of our services.

If you would like to upgrade your tire recycling business or if you want to receive more information on developments of the global tire recycling market, Weibold will be happy to help you. Just write us to sales@weibold.com!

Links to our previous articles:

  1. Welcome to weibold! Academy
  2. weibold! Academy: Recycled Rubber Output Spectrum and Rubber Granulates
  3. weibold! Academy: Rubber Granulates, Rubber Powder, Tire Derived Steel and Tire Derived Fiber
  4. weibold! Academy: Tyre Recycling Value Chain
  5. weibold! Academy: Applications for Tyre Recycling Plant Output
  6. weibold! Academy: Rubber Granulate Applications
  7. weibold! Academy: Rubber Powder Applications – Rubber Industry
  8. weibold! Academy: Rubber Powder Applications – Surface Coatings
  9. weibold! Academy: Success Factors in the Tire Recycling Industry
  10. weibold! Academy: Understanding Tire Recycling Technology
  11. weibold! Academy: Total Quality Management in Tire Recycling
  12. weibold! Academy: Applications for Fibers from End-of-Life Tires
  13. weibold! Academy: Safety and health effects of crumb rubber infill in artificial turf
  14. weibold! Academy: Tire pyrolysis – products and applications
  15. weibold! Academy: Tire-derived fuel in cement production
  16. weibold! Academy: How to improve tire collection in small cities
  17. weibold! Academy: How to prevent tire fires
  18. weibold! Academy: Recycled tires in railroad construction
  19. weibold! Academy: Basics about tire-derived fuel
  20. weibold! Academy: Waste tires in civil engineering
  21. weibold! Academy: How to create your own sandals from used tires
  22. Weibold Academy: Sustainable rubber powder composites
  23. Weibold Academy: How recycled tires enhance safety of children on playgrounds
  24. Weibold Academy: Recycled tires in footwear manufacturing
  25. Weibold Academy: Advantages and the current state of tire retreading industry
  26. Weibold Academy: Basics about rubberized asphalt
  27. Weibold Academy: What to consider before buying tire recycling equipment
  28. Weibold Academy: Tire recycling regulations in Europe
  29. Weibold Academy: Tire pyrolysis and heating oil
  30. Weibold Academy: Tire recycling needs more support from governments
  31. Weibold Academy: Advances in tire recycling technology
  32. Weibold Academy: Problems of tire disposal and how tire recycling business can improve environment