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.

In tire recycling, one can create different types of output depending on production technology. From each output type, several applications can be produced, hence different industries and markets can be targeted. 

Currently, there is a wide range of products that can be developed via tire recycling. However, to significantly increase profits, R&D activities prove to be an integral part of tire recycling.

Success of products on the market largely depends on the regions where they are sold. In developed economies, TPE and recovered carbon black are two sectors that are growing more and more rapidly. Given the need for high-end equipment, R&D and frequent product tests, these sectors are regarded as capital-intensive but once firmly established they will become an industry driver in most parts of the world.

However, there are a plenty of other sectors which have great potential worldwide. Tire-derived fuel is more and more used in cement production instead of conventional fossil fuels. It produces more energy than coal and cuts down CO2 emissions. Yet, it is a cheaper alternative to fossil fuel for businesses.

Crumb rubber is a conventional and the most widespread material on the market which is used in molded products, insulation systems, traffic equipment, construction industry, flooring and in many other fields.

Fine rubber powder is used in rubberized asphalt – a popular technology which is more durable and cost-efficient compared to conventional pavement. Rubber powder is also used in coatings, insulation systems, TPE and other products. Besides TPE, the most interesting field of application for rubber powder is tire and rubber industry. Requiring significant research and development in devulcanization, but supported by tire industry majors and big institutions, rubber powder has a vast potential as a raw material for new tires. Several tire industry majors are working on closing the loop of the circular economy and integrating rubber powder back into tire manufacturing.

Tire pyrolysis oil can be a good solution for local heating companies; also, it proves increasingly useful in production of alternative fuels, both for stationary engines – for electricity generation, and vehicular engines. Both in Europe and the United States, large tire pyrolysis operators, as well as independent institutions, carry out researches on properties enhancement, stabilization and purification of the product. Over the next five to ten years, the product will continue fast-paced growth partially replacing traditional fuels in various sectors. 

Recovered carbon black from tires is an innovative break-through that reduces production costs utilizes tire pyrolysis char as a substitute for virgin carbon black. Even though it is a very capital-intensive field there is a vast potential for this material in the rubber and plastic industries. Thanks to the efforts of industry majors and researchers, the product is more and more used by automotive and other big industries in Europe and in the United States. 

Tire recycling industry has a bright future ahead of it, developing economies will witness gradual improvement in tire recycling practices, environmental regulations and increasing business opportunities created by the recycling industry.

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!

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
  33. Weibold Academy: how big is the global tire recycling market