Continental and Pyrolyx have been cooperating on developments in the technology field of recovered carbon black over recent years. This joint development commitment aimed to lay the foundation for using recovered carbon black (rCB) in various tire segments during tire production. Pyrolyx and Continental have now announced that the companies have entered into a five-year rCB supply agreement for Continental tire manufacturing facilities worldwide.
Pyrolyx has created a market-ready pyrolysis process to deliver a closed recycling loop for converting end-of-life tires (ELTs) into recovered carbon black (rCB) on a commercial scale.
While rCB can be utilized in all the same ways as virgin carbon black, its production process is superior to the latter’s in that it is sustainable, cost-efficient, and can meet growing consumer demand without compromising the environment, Pyrolyx says.
Based on customer feedback and application testing, Pyrolyx estimates that recovered carbon black can substitute for virgin carbon black at rates from 10% up to 100% depending on the application.
Every tonne of rCB saves 2.5 tonnes of CO2 compared to traditional carbon black production. Every Pyrolyx 20-oven plant saves approximately 32,000 tons of CO2 from being released into the environment annually.
Pyrolyx expects to absorb more than 3,000,000 end-of-life tires and to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 25,000 tons annually in each plant compared to traditional carbon black.
The supply agreement will support Pyrolyx’s growth with additional manufacturing facilities in North America and Eastern Europe, and specifically details sales over the next five years rising to 10,000 tons per year.