Continental is constantly increasing its actions within the space of round economic system. To this finish, the premium tire producer has signed a growth settlement with Pyrum Improvements, a specialist within the pyrolysis of end-of-life tires. The goal of the collaboration is to additional optimize and broaden the recycling of end-of-life tires by way of pyrolysis. Sooner or later, amongst different issues, notably high-quality recovered carbon black (rCB) is to be obtained for tire manufacturing of Continental. Carbon black is a vital element of many tire compounds. Through the use of high-quality carbon black, the efficiency of tires will be particularly improved. Continental’s subsidiary, Reifen-Entsorgungsgesellschaft (REG), will start supplying end-of-life tires from the premium producer to Pyrum as early as March 2022. In the long run, the goal is to ascertain a round economic system idea for the recycling of end-of-life tires. Since Pyrum’s IPO in 2021, Continental has already held a strategic minority stake within the firm.
“In Pyrum we’ve discovered a associate who has developed a very environment friendly pyrolysis course of. Collectively we wish to additional develop the processes for the pyrolysis of end-of-life tires. Our aim is to recuperate precious supplies and high-performance uncooked supplies on an industrial scale sooner or later, amongst different issues for Continental’s tire manufacturing”, explains Dr. Andreas Topp, Head of Supplies- and Course of Growth and Industrialization at Continental Tires. He provides: “Continental has formidable sustainability objectives. It’s important for us to preserve sources. That’s why we’re repeatedly increasing our options for the round economic system.”
“Now we have been in shut change with Continental for a while and are wanting ahead to additional increasing our collaboration with this settlement. Our enterprise mannequin is already totally sustainable. Along with Continental, we now wish to go the following step in direction of a sustainable tire trade”, says Pascal Klein, CEO of Pyrum Improvements.
Industrial carbon black is a vital useful resource utilized in tire manufacturing and within the manufacture of different industrial rubber merchandise. Carbon black recovered from end-of-life tires saves fossil uncooked supplies and can contribute considerably to lowering CO2 emissions. The precise use of carbon black in rubber compounds will increase the soundness, energy and sturdiness of tires. In a regular passenger automotive tire, the quantity of carbon black to which tires owe their black shade is 15-20 p.c.
Round economic system an integral a part of Continental’s sustainability technique
Sustainable supplies and round economic system are an essential a part of Continental’s sustainability technique. “Finish-of-life tires are a uncooked materials for Continental within the unsuitable place. We consider that round economic system is the mannequin of the long run. Fashionable, extremely environment friendly pyrolysis processes are essential to us on this regard”, says Claus Petschick, Head of Sustainability at Continental Tires. He provides, “As a part of our formidable sustainability technique, we’ll improve the usage of sustainable supplies in our tire merchandise to one hundred pc by 2050 on the newest, for which recycled supplies will make a big contribution. As a part of a closed-loop system, tires will in future change into the beginning materials for brand new tires.”
Round economic system idea for the recycling of end-of-life tires, together with the restoration of recycled carbon black (rCB).