ISRI2017: Scrap tire markets face multiple disruptions

Tire recycling has come a long way, says tire processing veteran and current consultant Terry Gray of Houston-based T.A.G. Resource Recovery. However, Gray also remarked while speaking at the Spotlight on Tires session at the ISRI2017 convention, some of the end markets for scrap tires are currently facing difficulties, causing a sense of disruption in the overall market. 

Gray said he started in the North American scrap tire processing sector in 1984, when as few as 1 percent of all scrap tires were being recycled. More than 30 years later, the industry can be described as “more mature” he said, with almost 90 percent of scrap tires now being processed for recycling. “That’s a pretty good track record,” said Gray.

The bad news for scrap tire processors are government-related obstacles being faced in several key end markets. Gray said a tax credit that had been available to users of tire-derived fuel (TDF) had expired in some states, “so [energy] plants are failing that had converted to TDF.”

He said officials in one such state, Michigan, are acknowledging they will need to find and boost alternative end markets for scrap tires, but Gray said in many New England states “It’s a real issue and they’ve got their heads in the sand.”

In the ground or crumb rubber markets, the sports field additive market had been emerging as a strong consumer, but that end market is taking a hit from (as yet unsubstantiated) claims that athletes coming into contact with crumb rubber on fields are experiencing health issues, including cancer.

By Gray’s estimate, some 30 percent of sports fields are in regions such as New England and California where regulators are advising turf managers to be wary of using crumb rubber. In 2015, 25 percent of crumb rubber was used on sports fields and another 23 percent as playground surfacing or as mulch, so shrinkage in any of those markets will cause considerable disruption, said Gray.

Gray characterized the rubberized asphalt market for ground tires as often subject to “wait and see” attitudes, but he said the manufactured products sector for molded rubber has been one brighter spot.

J.D. Wang, the CEO of California-based ReRubber LLC, says his company’s investors have been putting most of their R&D resources into the crumb rubber and powder categories, after acknowledging that the firm “has gone through eight years of disruption” itself. “In our first five years, we processed a lot, and failed a lot,” he commented.

ReRubber is now focusing on making rubber powder, researching and opening up end markets for the tire-derived powder to be used in protective and architectural coatings applications. The company is exploring a supply loop that Wang says allows it to “innovate” and conduct research in California, then more rapidly implement the ideas in Asia or “work out the kinks” there, and then bring successful ideas back to the United States.

Offering a point of view from state government, Elizabeth Hoover of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) said in that state in the 1990s, TDF used at cement plants represented “about the only markets” for scrap tires.

She remarked that emissions concerns about zinc levels had harmed that market, and now the health questions surrounding the field turf market are presenting a new disruption. Unless scrap tire processors have diversified markets, “you have problems on your hands,” warned Hoover.

Her message to scrap tire processors was that states can provide help in the form of loans for equipment, workshops and conferences and assistance in identifying and developing end markets. She also remarked, however, that because of tight state budgets, “a lot of that [potential assistance] is beginning to dry up.”

ISRI2017 was in at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans April 22-27, 2017.

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Euro reycled rubber exposure data published

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HELSINKI — The European Chemicals Agency concluded recently there is “at most, a very low level of concern” from exposure to recycled rubber granules.

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Global Reclaimed Rubber Market Forecast to 2021 and Key Companies are studied in a Latest Report Offered by The Market Reports

Global Reclaimed Rubber Industry 2017 Market Research Report provides the details about Industry Overview, Manufacturing Cost Structure, Capacity, Growth Rate, Gross Margin, Major Manufacturers, Development Trends and Forecast Analysis.

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ISRI Unveils International Scrap Trade Database

(Washington, DC) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) today launched a new International Scrap Trade Database providing information on international scrap trade flows. The data tables illustrate the trade of recyclables across the globe by major commodity and importing/exporting economies, and show the total amount of scrap traded globally.

“The scrap trade database is a one-stop shop that brings together for the first time statistics dedicated solely to the cross-border movement of scrap. This collection of information will prove valuable for traders, brokers, market analysts, government agencies, the press, and all those interested in the global recycling industry,” said Joe Pickard, chief economist for ISRI. “It also provides scrap processors and consumers insights to burgeoning markets and potential opportunities that can help grow their businesses. The data will also prove beneficial to the public as it showcases the critical role recycling plays in the global economy, and how scrap flows are deeply connected to developments in manufacturing. In addition, it demonstrates the importance of maintaining the free and fair trade of scrap around the world.”

The database is being released in advance of ISRI’s annual convention and exposition being held April 22-27, in New Orleans. The initial offering of international scrap trade figures covers volume flows in metric tonnage from 2005 to 2015 for ferrous scrap, nonferrous scrap, plastic scrap, and recovered paper. Tables for other recycled commodities and charts to help visualize trade flows are in development.

As an added benefit tied to the database, ISRI members can now request custom trade reports by scrap commodity, trading partner, volume, and dollar value by contacting ISRI Research Analyst Bernie Lee.

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Isri, Rma oppose Conn. recycling proposals

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HARTFORD, Conn. — The Rubber Manufacturers Association and Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries are opposing proposals from the Connecticut legislature that would create Extended Producer Responsibility systems for tire recycling.

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C2C certification for Klean Industries’ pyrolysis plant

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Canada-based gasification and pyrolysis waste conversion technologies provider Klean Industries Inc. shares that one of its facilities has become the world’s first tyre pyrolysis plant to receive Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certification. This C2C certification by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry LLC follows a 12-month study of the Klean Industries production process and the end uses of the recycled carbon and oil products that derive from it.

According to the company, one factor that sets it apart from other tyre pyrolysis technologies is its ability to convert tyre char into products that are utilised by end users in a multitude of product applications. “This is accomplished using our proprietary technologies that produce a recovered carbon black (rCB) to a standard unseen by any other technology providers, hence our commercial success,” shares Klean Industries in a statement. As far as the company is aware, it is currently the only group re-integrating recovered carbon black in new tyres with major tyre manufacturers around the globe.

Klean Industries’ certifications for technology and products include: ISO 9001, 14001, 14064, 14067; CE and UL ECOLOGO certifications; Carbon Footprint Certificates; Green Product Certificate; REACH Certification; EPD ClassII Enviro-Labeling 485 & 486; Cradle to Cradle Certified.

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What to expect at the ‘Scrap to Profit’ conference

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Innovation to drive new and improved scrap tire markets is a key theme for the 7th Scrap to Profit Conference scheduled for October 25-26, 2017 at The Inn at Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

Topics to be discussed will be non-commercial and include market discussions of tire derived fuel, civil engineering, and ground rubber markets. Also, research and education needs for new markets and recent innovations in scrap tire uses will be addressed.

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Sweden’s Enviro to build tire recycling plant in China

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GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Recycled carbon black company Enviro Systems Inc. and Chinese state-owned Guangzhou Vanlead Group Co. Ltd. have agreed  to set up a turnkey recycling plant in southern China.

Guangdong-based Vanlead is among the largest tire-making groups in south China, according to Enviro. The company goes to market with the Wanli Tire and Diamond Tire brands.

Construction of the new facility, which will have 30,000 metric ton per year capacity, is set to start later this year in Guangdong, the city where Vanlead is based, according to Enviro. The facility will supply Vanlead’s production units throughout China, according to a memorandum of understanding. 

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It’s interesting times for tyre recycling industry

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Mike Hinsey,International Vice President, Granutech Saturn Systems, USA, a leading industrial recycling systems manufacturer, is widely considered to be a legend in the tyre recycling industry. He has been with Granutech for 33 long years and has been instrumental in taking the company to the world’s Top 3 position. Among the awards and accolades won by him include the coveted award from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI), USA, the largest recycling association in the world, for his outstanding contribution to the recycling industry.

In an interview to Rubber Asia on the sidelines of India Rubber Expo (IRE) 2017 in Chennai, he explains the high points of his 33-year-long association with Granutech and shares his views on wide-ranging issues such as the current status and future prospects of tyre recycling industry, the problem of mounting tyre wastes, recent innovations/improvements made in tyre recycling technology etc.

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Rubber-based material for certain JKR, rural roads: Najib

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PEKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak (pix) today disclosed that certain Public Works Department (JKR) and rural roads would be built using rubber-based material.

He noted that the construction cost would comparably be slightly higher than that of normal roads but the government could save cost on maintenance in the long run, besides creating a demand for rubber.

“Today the rubber price has gone up. In a way, it is due to our efforts; although rubber price is determined by the world market, the government can endeavour to dictate a higher market demand for Malaysia’s rubber and palm oil.

“So the additional measure that I have decided is for us to build a number of JKR roads and other rural roads using rubber material, never mind that it will cost a bit more.

“But we will save on maintenance costs … and this will push up the demand for rubber,” he said at the presentation of letters of commission to 213 new participants of the Bukit Sijau Felcra cluster land development near here today.

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