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LD Carbon, a producer of recovered carbon black, closed a $28-million Series C funding round led by Toyota’s growth fund, Woven Capital, with participation by Meritz Securities, Investwith, Industrial Bank of Korea, Hyundai Motor Group ZER01NE, Elohim Partners and New Main Capital.

LD Carbon will use the investment to scale operations to recycle end-of-life tires and material from end-of-life vehicles into recovered carbon black (rCB) and pyrolysis oil through pyrolysis and material recovery technology, which in turn can be used to create new automotive parts and tires.

The investment will advance LD Carbon’s mission of accelerating the circular economy while delivering material cost and carbon savings to global customers.

Manufacturing carbon black is a highly polluting process, generating 25 million metric tons of cO2 annually, while another 1.6 million metric tons come from the 28% of all waste tires that are burned—the combined CO2 equivalent of more than 9M passenger vehicles.

LD Carbon’s pyrolysis and material recovery process uses patented recovered carbon black manufacturing technology to provide nearly 100% recovery of waste tires, providing an environmentally safe option for recovered carbon black and developing pyrolysis oil.

Automakers are increasingly adopting increased recycled content for cars. This demand is driven by new corporate net-zero targets, emissions requirements, and European Commission proposals calling for car manufacturers to use 25% recycled plastic content, of which at least 5% must come from end-of-life vehicles.

LD Carbon’s existing plant in Gimcheon, South Korea, has an annual capacity of more than 7,000 tons of rCB, which is supplied to major tire and rubber product manufacturers. Additionally, LD Carbon has secured a 10-year supply agreement with SK Incheon Petrochemicals for its tire pyrolysis oil.

The company is investing in the construction of Asia’s largest tire pyrolysis plant in Dangjin City, Chungcheongnam-do, with completion targeted in 2024. Its annual capacity will be 50,000 tons of end-of-life tires turned into 23,000 tons of TPO,20,000 tons of rCB, and 7,000 tons of other valuable gas and materials. LD Carbon is also co-developing key product specifications alongside industry leaders including several major global tire makers.


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