Enviro – Tires & Parts News https://tiresandparts.net Your News Source for Everything Automotive Fri, 26 Feb 2021 15:49:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.11 Michelin Acquires 20 Percent Stake in Swedish Recycling Company https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/michelin-acquires-20-percent-stake-in-swedish-recycling-company/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/michelin-acquires-20-percent-stake-in-swedish-recycling-company/#respond Sun, 19 Apr 2020 07:46:07 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=30462 Leading French tire manufacturer Michelin has announced that it has acquired a 20 percent stake in the Swedish recycling firm, Enviro. Michelin will collaborate with Enviro in a project that would involve the development and commercialization of an innovative pyrolysis technology to recycle old tires. Enviro is a Swedish startup that was established back in […]

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Leading French tire manufacturer Michelin has announced that it has acquired a 20 percent stake in the Swedish recycling firm, Enviro. Michelin will collaborate with Enviro in a project that would involve the development and commercialization of an innovative pyrolysis technology to recycle old tires.

Enviro is a Swedish startup that was established back in 2001 with only 20 employees. The company has developed a breakthrough technology that can be used to modify the chemical composition and physical phase of the pneumatic material during the pyrolysis process. The process also consumes minimal energy and its outcomes are high-quality products like recovered carbon black, pyrolysis oil, steel or gas. These end products can be re-incorporated as raw materials for the production of other goods in different industrial sectors. With the use of this recycling process end-of-life tires which are normally considered as waste materials now can be converted into raw materials.

According to Michelin, recycling is a major concern for both tire manufacturers and their customers. Almost a billion tires complete are disposed off as scrap tires every year, but thanks to the new process that Enviro has developed, these used tires now turn into raw materials of good quality. Pyrolysis is a chemical process in which an organic compound undergoes decomposition through a sharp increase in its temperature. This allows the extraction of new products not initially contained in the organic compound.

Michelin said that its new partnership with Enviro is based on four axes –

• The two companies finalized a development agreement based on which Enviro’s pyrolysis technology would be deployed on a larger scale.
• Michelin will acquire a 20 percent stake in Enviro’s capital, or the equivalent of 116,165,223 shares, thus making Michelin the largest shareholder in Enviro.
• The Michelin Group will support developing Enviro by its board representation expected to be proposed to the shareholder vote. The shareholding subscription has been signed on April 15.
• The two companies will collaborate on building a factory to industrialize the technology, and the plant location will be confirmed at a later date.
• A joint supply agreement between Michelin and Enviro.

Michelin says this partnership will allow the complementary know-how of the two companies to be pooled in order to accelerate progress in tyre recycling. Michelin will bring its industrial know-how to the plant’s construction project and its know-how in terms of R&D and production. Enviro will bring its patented pyrolysis technology, which will produce high-quality products.

Sonia Artinian-Fredou, Services and Solutions, High Technology Materials Business Director, Michelin said that the partnership that Michelin has finalized Enviro aligns perfectly with the tire manufacturer’s ‘All Sustainable’ vision. The new deal further reinforces Michelin’s long-term commitment to recycling and sustainable mobility after the acquisition of Lehigh Technologies in 2017.

Michelin says the discussions are ongoing between the two companies with the objective to conclude a final agreement by mid-2020.

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Study Reveals Recovered Carbon Black can Reduce Tire CO₂ Production https://tiresandparts.net/uncategorized/study-reveals-recovered-carbon-black-can-reduce-tire-co%e2%82%82-production/ https://tiresandparts.net/uncategorized/study-reveals-recovered-carbon-black-can-reduce-tire-co%e2%82%82-production/#respond Wed, 10 Apr 2019 13:53:28 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=27430 The IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute recently carried out a study which revealed that recovered carbon black offers immense scope to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide associated with tire production. The Institute carried out a lifecycle analysis (LCA) of Enviro’s recovered carbon black (RCB), and the other materials like oil, steel and gas which […]

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The IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute recently carried out a study which revealed that recovered carbon black offers immense scope to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide associated with tire production. The Institute carried out a lifecycle analysis (LCA) of Enviro’s recovered carbon black (RCB), and the other materials like oil, steel and gas which are extracted through its pyrolysis process.
The study was conducted with the goal of getting an idea of the market for these materials and their effect on the environment. The results of the study indicated that for 1kg of recovered carbon black that is used to replace virgin carbon black, the total emissions are reduced by 1.43-2kg of carbondioxide.

Using recovered carbon black will provide industries like the tire industry, rubber industry and the plastic industry with immense potential to reduce their carbon footprint by using a recyclable material. The use of other recycled materials like oil, steel and gas can make a further impact in terms of reducing the greenhouse emissions of these industries.
One of the indexes that is used is the Global Warming Potential (GWP), which is used to compare the greenhouse effect for greenhouse gases at a joint scale to the greenhouse effect for carbon dioxide.
The study found that if the 9,000 metric tons of recovered carbon black that one of Enviro’s plants produces in a year is used as a substitute for virgin carbon black, it would reduce the emission of greenhouse emissions by 12,900-18,000 tons. This is the equivalent of the emissions produced by 40,000 direct flights from Stockholm to New York. When the decrease in emissions due to use of other recovered materials like steel, oil and gas is taken into account, the use of recovered materials will have even greater impact environmentally.

Regulations across the globe regarding toxic emissions and sustainability have become more stringent and thus the tire industry is showing greater interest in the use of Enviro’s RCB and other recycled materials (oil, steel and gas). It is expected that the carbon black market will grow by about 8.8 percent on an annual basis in the coming years, and the demand for Enviro’s recycled materials will increase accordingly.

These two factors have caused Enviro to change its business model, and it now permits partial ownership of future plant facilities, so that the company can leverage its leading position in the market.

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Enviro to Set up Two Tire Recycling Ventures in the US https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/enviro-to-set-up-two-tire-recycling-ventures-in-the-us/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/enviro-to-set-up-two-tire-recycling-ventures-in-the-us/#respond Thu, 10 Jan 2019 10:20:02 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=26669 Swedish company, Scandinavian Enviro Systems A.B. has announced plans to set up two joint venture tire recycling facilities in the United States. The company which specializes in the production of recovered carbon black producer has said that it has already finalized a memorandum of understanding with EE-TDF Cleveland L.L.C. to construct a tire pyrolysis facility […]

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Swedish company, Scandinavian Enviro Systems A.B. has announced plans to set up two joint venture tire recycling facilities in the United States.

The company which specializes in the production of recovered carbon black producer has said that it has already finalized a memorandum of understanding with EE-TDF Cleveland L.L.C. to construct a tire pyrolysis facility that will have the capacity to produce 30 kilotons of recovered carbon black from scrap tires on an annual basis.

The plant will be built on EE-TDF Cleveland’s site in Texas, and the two companies are also planning to collaborate on further expansion with facilities in Louisiana and Oklahoma in the future. The MoU between the two partners is for a period of six months and there is an option to extend it further.

Commenting on the partnership, Enviro’s CEO Thomas Soerensson said that the company’s goal was to sign a binding agreement over the next three months and then begin construction of the first factory in the second quarter of 2019.

He added that in future, Enviro’s priority will be to set up plants with full or joint ownership, thus setting out a new business strategy for the rCB company.

This is not the only new venture that Enviro has announced. The company has also extended an MoU with Canadian firm Treadcraft Ltd. to set up a facility for tire recycling in Buffalo, N.Y.

The two companies had signed an MoU in June 2018 and it was expected that work on the plant would start by the end of December 2018. The two companies chose to extend the MoU for another six months. They have agreed that the new plant would be a joint venture and would be built in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

“The fact that we have a specified a site for the plant is an important step forward. We will now continue to formalize the terms and conditions of the project,” Soerensson said.

Enviro expects to sort out all legal, financial and licensing hurdles for the two new ventures within the next six months.

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