Contec’s CEO spoke at the Recovered Carbon Black Conference
November is an important month for the recovered Carbon Black (rCB) industry: more than 200 representatives of the industry gathered for two days, November 16th and 17th, to exchange insights during the Recovered Carbon Black Conference.
Organised by Smithers and Wolfersdorf Consulting, the rCB Conference offered important panel discussions, an exhibition hall for the industry’s players, and a series of presentations covering rCB business updates, regulatory compliance, pyrolysis oil, and technical breakthroughs.
In 2022, Contec was honoured with participating in the presentation headline, with our CEO Krzysztof Wróblewski speaking about technological advancements and collaboration to drive circularity in the tire and automotive industry.
The way to circularity in the tire industry: technology and collaboration
Collaboration and innovation walk hand in hand to achieve circularity.
Substantial interest in sourcing sustainable feedstocks in the tire industry has risen in recent years. In reality, the demand for these feedstocks in the tire and rubber industries is much larger than the production capacities pyrolysis companies can offer today. Rapid expansion in the pyrolysis industry is currently underway due to technological advancements and a solid track record in quality production.
To ensure success in the long term, strong collaboration within the greater rubber industry ecosystem will be the catalyst for successful and sustainable business models. What does the rCB industry need to succeed in bringing circularity to the tire and rubber industry?
There are many ways of answering this question: by starting with operational excellence, for example, it’s possible to optimise rCB usage, replacing higher percentages of virgin Carbon Black (vCB) — depending on the product.
Investing in Research and Development (R&D) is also another essential variable to boost circularity in the industry: since rCB is still under development, with collaboration, it’s possible to find out new introduction methods and new standards for the industry, using rCB to complement or substitute variable feedstock in different percentages.
About Contec: our collaborators support innovation
Contec is the only pyrolysis technology to use molten salts as a heat medium. Our plant has been in operation for over 4 years, and we’re planning to expand our Szczecin plant by the end of 2024.
Collaboration is at the heart of our purpose with circularity, and we collaborate with important players in the industry, such as Tyre and Rubber Solutions, to improve our rubber granulate and powder.
We also collaborate with Mars Mineral, Hosokawa, and many more, leveraging economical solutions to get market traction for rCB. This way, we can improve our feedstock composition and strengthen the tread reinforcement – elevating the usage of rCB.
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