China drafts rules to encourage tire recycling – Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China will establish new specialist firms to re-use and recycle its spent rubber tires as it tries to tackle a mounting waste problem, the industry ministry said in new draft guidelines. The rules, part of China’s efforts to cut pollution and ensure its resources are “comprehensively utilized”, were published by the industry ministry on Wednesday and have been opened to the public for consultation.

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USTMA to issue ‘call to action’ on scrap tire issues at Dec. 4 recycling event

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association is planning to issue a “call to action” on Dec. 4 at the 2019 Scrap Tire Recycling Conference in Greenville, S.C., to develop new “sustainable, circular end-use markets” for scrap tires.

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GRI introduces natural oil-based Ultimate XT tire

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka—Global Rubber Industries is using natural processing oil in the production of an environmentally friendly version of its Ultimate XT solid rubber tire.

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Bridgestone begins manufacturing tires using recycled carbon black

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Bridgestone Americas Inc. has begun at-scale use of recovered carbon black (rCB) in tire production, beginning with its agricultural tire plant in Des Moines, the company said recently.

Bridgestone has a long-standing partnership with Natchez, Miss.-based Delta-Energy Group L.L.C. and is using Delta-Energy’s proprietary product, D-E Black, as its sole source of rCB in Des Moines, Bridgestone said.

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Challenging times ahead for rubber sector

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The outlook is not very optimistic for rubber producing and consuming sectors according to Sawar Dhanania, Chairman of the Rubber Board. He was delivering the presidential address at the 179th meeting of the Rubber Board, in Kottayam. The economy world-wide is passing through difficult times and the economic horizon is overcast with uncertainty adversely affecting […]

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Editorial: Green is new black for tire makers

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Despite the industry’s best efforts, it’s difficult to shake the common perception of a tire or a tire manufacturing plant.

The misconception starts and ends with the color black: A black product, manufactured using an environmentally unfriendly substance called carbon black, in a dank, dark facility.

As all of us know, that is far from the reality.

Today’s tire industry, like many other industries that have a far better consumer reputation, is highly efficient, environmentally conscious, sustainability driven and technologically cutting-edge.

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Goodyear finds traction with soybean oil

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio—Goodyear plans to replace petroleum-derived processing oils with soybean oil in its tires by 2040 and increase its soybean oil consumption by 25 percent by 2020.

The lofty goal, disclosed in the company’s most recent Corporate Responsibility Report, has a number of benefits.

Using a green technology is more sustainable, the company said, and it can capture a growing section of consumers who factor environmental concerns into their buying decisions. And it will be a boon for the U.S. soybean industry.

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Halcyon Agri project focuses on sustainability

YAOUNDE, Cameroon—Halcyon Agri, the world’s largest natural rubber producing company, is undertaking a major project in Cameroon to address sustainability and human rights issues at its operations there.

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Michelin, partners building large-scale bio-BD plant

Paris – Michelin and its partners, IFP Energies Nouvelles and Axens, are scaling up their BioButterfly project with the construction of an “industrial prototype” plant for the production of bio-based butadiene.

Launched in late 2012, the €70-million BioButterfly project is a 10-year scheme aiming to produce butadiene from plant-based ethanol, to be used for the production of environmentally-friendly synthetic rubber.

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Pirelli honours nine companies in 2019 Supplier Awards

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Milan, Italy — Pirelli & C. SpA has honoured nine outstanding supplier companies recently with its 2019 Supplier Awards.

Pirelli chose the nine companies out of more than 10,000 that supply the tire maker globally, according to a 26-Sept Pirelli press release.

“Quality, capacity for innovation, speed and global coverage of supply were the key elements guiding the selection for the 2019 Supplier Awards,” Pirelli said.

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