Tyromer Builds Pilot Plant In The Netherlands
Canada-based Tyromer is building a pilot factory in Arnhem to bring its circular rubber products to the European market. Founded at Canada’s University of Waterloo, Tyromer uses devulcanization technology to process scrap tire rubber.
The production process requires fewer natural rubbers and fossil fuels. It also saves an additional 94 percent of energy compared to making “virgin” rubber. In addition, Tyromer’s process occurs without chemicals or residual waste.
To further advance the technology, Tyromer is building a pilot plant at Kleefse Waard Industrial Park (IPKW) in Arnhem, the Netherlands where it will fine-tune and exhibit its recycling technology, Jos van Son, managing director of Tyromer Europe, said. The new Dutch facility will serve as a demonstration and technology showcase for prospective buyers and licensees of Tyromer’s devulcanization technology, van Son said.
“We are going to collaborate with the University of Twente and Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, which specialize in polymers and rubbers,” van Son said.
Expected to start up in the summer of 2021, the new factory will have the capability to convert recycled rubber from car tires and industrial rubber waste into new rubber. The company will collaborate on R&D with two Dutch universities to innovate new ways of recycling various rubber sources, thus advancing the Netherlands’ circular ecosystem.
Tyromer worked closely with the Invest in Holland Network to find a location in the Netherlands. Also, because of the project’s contribution to the circular economy and its reduction of CO2, Tyromer applied for and was awarded a Demonstration Energy Innovation (DEI+) subsidy from the Dutch government.
Source: Oost NL
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