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Tyre-to-Tyre Recycling: Partnership Between Tyromer and Continental Tires

Tyromer has announced that its recycled rubber material, produced via its environmentally sustainable, non-chemical extruder devulcanisation of end-of-life tyre rubber, is now used by Continental Tires.

Tyromer has announced that its recycled rubber material, produced via its environmentally sustainable, non-chemical extruder devulcanisation of end-of-life tyre rubber, is now used by Continental Tires.

This news being made public is a significant step forwards in tyre recycling. For years tyre manufacturers have been very reluctant to publicize any use of recycled materials, so this announcement shows a real change of attitude in the tyre industry. This reaffirms Continental’s dedication to sustainability.

This is the result of a multi-year collaboration driven by the shared commitment of the two companies to a circular economy in which end-of-life tyre rubber is reused in the production of new tyres. Tyre-to-Tyre recycling represents in many cases the most direct and energy-efficient way to reuse what is still largely considered and treated as waste.

Tyre rubber compound accounts for over 80% of the CO2 emission from raw material production for a tyre. Using TDP to replace virgin rubber compounds will provide more than 90% CO2 emission reduction. As we move towards renewable energy and electric mobility, tyre rubber compound production will be responsible for more than half of the lifecycle CO2 emission of a tyre. Reducing CO2 emissions from raw material production has never been more urgent.

“Tyromer is a trusted partner of ours supplying recycled rubber material. At Continental, we focus for many years on technologies that generate high-quality feedstock derived from end-of-life tyres to produce new tyres. Our goal is to gradually use 100 percent sustainably produced materials in our tyre products by 2050 at the latest,” says Dr. Andreas Topp, Head of Materials and Process Development and Industrialisation at Continental Tires.

“We could never have done it alone. Our collaboration with Continental has taught us lessons in quality, reliability, and consistency, among many others. We are grateful for the support and the guidance to tailor the specifications of our recycled rubber material according to Continental’s specific needs,” says Dr. Sam Visaisouk, CEO of Tyromer. “All of us at Tyromer are proud to be part of the solution.”

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