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DAY 1, 19th November 2013

08.30    Registration 

09.30    Conference Welcome and Introduction
Jerry Taylor, Director of Conferences, Crain Communications  

            Opening remarks and housekeeping notes from Conference Chair 

Ewan Scott, Editor, Tyre and Rubber Recycling Magazine


09.40    Keynote Presentation: End of Waste/Recycling

Jose-Jorge Diaz-Del-Castillo, European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment /A2 - Waste Management & Recycling


10.00    Overview of Tire Recycling
Dr Valerie L Shulman, Secretary General, European Tyre Recycling Association (ETRA)

10.20    New developments within high-quality tyre recycling

  • Applications
  • Technology achievements
  • Market developments
  • Global trends

Lars Raahauge, Director of Business Development, Genan


10.50    Questions and answers


11.00    Coffee Break 

11.30    Pyrolysis Chars: Factors Controlling In-Rubber Performance
Pyrolysis of waste tyres not only tackles the environmental issues associated with disposal but also enables the recovery of valuable products such as oils and carbon fillers for elastomeric materials. The bulk composition and surface chemistry of pyrolysis fillers is investigated. This data is then used in the interpretation of in-rubber performance, with an emphasis placed on the strain dependency of pCB filled rubber compounds.

Chris Norris, Development Scientist, Artis 

12.00    A tire burning plant project in France
Pneutech Sas is implemting a tire burning plant project in Strasbourg in France.   The plant will generate 65tph of steam and 16 MWe.  The bottom ash consisting of melted steel will be recovered and reused in the steel mills. The fly ash consisting of Zinc oxide and cobalt will be reused in the rubber industry. The plant will start to produce in 4 years.
Grégoire Jovicic 
Pneutech Sas is implemting a tire burning plant project in Strasbourg in France. The plant will generate 65tph of steam and 16 MWe. The bottom ash consisting of melted steel will be recovered and reused in the steel mills. The fly ash consisting of Zinc oxide and cobalt will be reused in the rubber industry. The plant will start to produce in 4 years.

Grégoire Jovicic, Président, PNEUTECH SAS

12.30    Morning review and Q&A


13.00    Lunch

14.15    The poroelastic road surface: using waste tyres to construct the quietest road surface on earth

Tyre/road noise is for cars the dominant contribution at speeds as low as 30-40 km/h. Abating traffic noise is hence mainly reducing tyre/road noise. Low noise pavements are gaining more and more interest as a traffic noise mitigation measure, as they have clear advantages compared to other measures, like noise screens. It has been proven that poroelastic road surfaces, which can be made from recycled waste tyres, have a unequalled noise reduction potential. The EU funded project PERSUADE aims to develop an ultra low noise poroelastic road surface which is at the same time durable, safe and sustainable. In the presentation some basic facts will be presented about tyre road noise and low noise pavements, together with the results so far of the PERSUADE project.

Luc Goubert, Head Surface Characteristics-Noise-Markings Laboratory, Belgian Road Research Centre

14.45    Reclaimed Rubber- A new life for an old product

  • What is Reclaimed Rubber?
  • Why use Reclaim?
  • Why Reclaim demand fell?
  • Why it is now being used more
  • Technical advantages of using Reclaim
  • Financial Advantages of Using Reclaim
  • Reclaim the next Stage- Devulcanisation

Reclaimed Rubber had been made for 150 years. It offers some distinct technical and commercial advantages. So why did demand fall and why now is it increasing? Over the recent past there have been some interesting developments in Reclaiming and moving into the next stage of Devulcanisation. I hope to be able to show you how and why it should be used. 
Andy Rushton, Managing Director, J. Allcocks & Sons Ltd


15.15    Questions and answers

15.30    Refreshment break


16.00    Developing a successful pulverizing and shredding operation

Efficient process of shredding and pulverizing whole tires can result in a rather useful material to be successfully utilized in both producing affiliated rubber and thermorubber products and simultaneously additives for successful custom compounding operation.
The key to success in this operation is the correct design, engineering, functional planning and operation of a shredding plant. Careful observation of the energy balance would add to the feasibility of such projects and render it profitable.

Jacob Peled, Executive Chairman, Pelmar Engineering

16.30    Chemical modification: enhance crumb rubber performance as asphalt modifier and in rubber compounds.

Crumb rubber is rather an inert material and its compatibility in rubber compounds and asphalt is limited. In order to overcome such issue, a new chemical route for superficial modification has been developed. Very cost effective and easy to perform, it could easily expand use of crumb rubber in high demanding markets.

Giorgio Macor, Founder & CTO, Bagigi srl

17.00    Questions and answers with afternoon review and summing up

17.30    Drinks Reception


DAY 2, 20th November 2013

08.00    Registration


09.00    Opening remarks
Ewan Scott, Editor, Tyre and Rubber Recycling Magazine
Conference Chair

09.10    Economical and Ecological Advantages of Truck Tire Retreading

Why is retreading of truck tires good for the truck owners, good for the tire manufacturers, good for retreaders and good for the environment? What is truck tire retreading about? How does it help to reduce operating costs and CO2 footprint?

Florian Fischer, Director of Business Development, VMI Group Netherlands


09.40    Are retreads really as good as new tires?  You be the judge

Most retreaded tires produced in top quality retread factories wherever in the world have an adjustment not as low as the best tier 1 new truck tires, but actually lower. We will tell you why during my presentation.
The retread industry is responsible for one of the most environmentally friendly recycled products in the world, and at a far lower price than comparable new tires.
Our industry also has much to be proud of and my presentation will outline a number of the benefits we offer to the motoring public, in both the private and public sectors.

Jacob Peled, Executive Chairman, Pelmar Engineering

10.10    Utilisation of Recovered Wood and Rubber for Alternative Composite Products (Woodrub)

Promoting sustainable raw material management and increasing the recycling of waste wood and waste rubber are two strategic thrusts that open large domains for new technologies and innovations.

This project, in line with objectives of LIFE+ Environment Policy & Governance aims to increase resource efficiency through the utilization of these wood and rubber wastes through the manufacturing of new products based on innovative mixed composites (wood/rubber). This new products will constitute an alternative for the utilization of other traditional and less eco-efficient products in the residential and civil construction sector.

Moreover, the project will provide a novel end of life route for wood waste managers and rubber waste managers╩╝ products and entities a new environmental friendly product to public and private construction sector.
The use of these products will increase the carbon storage in buildings and replace other building materials which are less environmentally friendly towards carbon storage and emission, both in production processes and raw material use.

The recovered wood category to be utilised will be waste wood from households (furniture, doors, windows, floors, etc.). This material is chemically contaminated by glues, lacquers, paints and coatings but not by preservatives. After collection, the waste wood material will be chipped and processed in the form of chips without any prior biological, thermal or chemical treatment. This is an innovative approach since the removal of all these chemicals is difficult and time/ cost consuming.

Recovered rubber form tyres in the form of particles, free from other materials as wires, ropes, synthetic fibres, etc., will be utilised with recovered wood chips or sawn timber for the production of innovative composite products by thermal processes.

This project is in line with latest research in wood – rubber applications (Yang et al. 2004, Zhao et al. 2008).

Dr Stergios Adamopolous, Associate Professor, TEI of Thessaly, Laboratory of Wood Science

10.40    Coffee break

11.10    Integrated System for End of Life Tires Management in Europe 

The presentation will address:
- the EU regulatory framework which governs end of life tyres management
- depict the existing ELT management schemes (with a focus on the Producer Responsibility model)
- highlight the main ELT treatment routes and its environmental benefits
- show the evolution of ELT recovery performance and markets in Europe

It will also touch upon how the current EU standardization activities related to materials derived from ELTs will help ensure a better characterization of their properties and show how EU harmonized end of waste criteria will help industry to consistently position ELT granulates, powder and chips as a resource.

Jean-Pierre Taverne, EU Technical Coordinator- End of Life Tyres ETRMA, European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association

11.40    An Overview of the Scrap Tire Markets in the United States
This presentation will provide information on the various end use markets for scrap tires in the United States. Information will be provided on the current market conditions, Federal and state scrap tire programs and provide an outlook for the future of management.

Michael Blumenthal, Vice President, Rubber Manufacturers Association

12.10    Morning review with Q&A

12.30    Lunch


13.00    Recycling of EOL OTR tyres using Ultra High Pressure water jetting
The recycling of big tyres has always been a problem. The bigger the tyre the bigger becomes the problem. The EU doesn’t give any directive for EOL tyres above dia 1.4m because of the lack of an adequate economical and ecological recycling solution. The BTRC company developed a recycling process using UHP water crumbling. This one-step operation produces reclaim without adding chemicals or any additional process.

Jacques Vervaet, BTRC bvba

14.00   End of life tires, from shred to rubber powder

Martin Rots, Sales Manager, CM-Shredders Europe, Columbus McKinnon


14.20    Presentation to be confirmed


14.50    Refreshments break

15.20    Used Tyre Pyrolysis and Valuable Products

Used tyres pyrolysis is a well-known process, using different technologies since the 70’s. Pyrolysis is performed in batch or continuous processes, either at atmospheric pressure or under vacuum. The more sophisticated processes involved the reprocessing of used tyres into secondary raw material, gaseous, liquid or solid carbon products. Now, given the market of raw materials and energy, the by-products valorization issued from used tyres thermal treatments did not find economically profitable outlets.

Until very recently, tyre recovery treatments focused on benefiting from either the material or the energy outputs. However, today, due to recent technological advances coupled with a reconceptualization of how best to exploit both the material and the energy capacities of tyres, new generation of technologies, treatments and materials have evolved.

The technologies available today at industrial scale for used tyres pyrolysis and gasification and their issued products, will be presented.

Research is performed to upgrade the char to ensure specific physical and chemical properties of the issued carbon products. This valorisation path could be coupled with the use of the energy produced by the combustion of gas and oils produced during the process.

Dr Gisele Jung, Senior Research Fellow, Université Libre de Bruxelles – 4MAT Chimie générale et industrielle


15.50   Setting the industry standard for pyrolysed carbon black

Black Bear Carbon has developed a unique sequence of processes for recovering and upgrading carbon black from end-of-life tyres. For decades efforts to make tyre-recycling commercially viable have focused on maximizing the recovery of steel, oil and gases and finding “just affordable” ways to dispose of the carbonaceous char. Black Bear progressed beyond this approach and uses innovative technology for upgrading a char of high purity into a high quality “green” alternative (BBC 500) that can easily compete with various ‘virgin carbon blacks’. Furthermore Black Bear offers a “cradle-to-cradle” environmental solution to the global waste tyre-problem

Chris Twigg, Director, Black Bear Carbon BV

16.10   Business perspective on Pyrolysis

Over the last 40 years, many companies have attempted to use pyrolysis as a method of waste tire disposal or as a way to manufacture liquid fuels and solid carbon products. The majority of these efforts have failed because of poor economics and a lack of reliable end markets. In the last decade, however, broad trends in oil commodity pricing, interest in sustainable feed stocks, and growing environmental awareness have created the market conditions for making waste tire pyrolysis economically viable.

The factors pointing to the economic viability of pyrolysis include:

  • Sustained high global oil prices leading to higher carbon black prices
  • Higher demand and pricing for waste derived liquid fuels
  • A recognition by tire manufactures that incorporating post consumer content is important
  • More reliable, lower cost continuously fed pyrolysis systems
  • Environmental pressures on traditional carbon black manufacturing, leading to higher environmental compliance costs

This presentation will describe the underlying economics of commercial scale pyrolysis, the factors that will allow pyrolysis to capture crumb rubber market share, and what investors in pyrolysis should consider.

Thomas H. Redd, President, Reklaim, Inc., Seattle

16.40    Questions and answers and conference summary with Ewan Scott


16.45    Conference closes


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