The detail of the technology has not been completely revealed at this stage, but Tyre and Rubber Recycling has seen the pre-production unit, and it lives up to the claims made by Retyre. The output is an activated rubber, called AcitvR™, and a clean steel. Textile is removed in the classifier process.
Asked about the output, which is currently from the tyre tread and includes the SBR tread, the rubber from the casing, and the butyl liner. Jones explained that the output could be adjusted to exclude the butyl if required. The output can be controlled to generate the optimum quality of activated rubber for any particular market.
Bansal adds; “We want to change the tyre recycling market. This technology can be installed anywhere, by anyone with a suitable location. The equipment is designed to be installed in multiple locations to produce material locally. Shipping tyres is like shipping air, and air is one of the most expensive elements to transport. I envisage local sites taking in tyres from their area, processing them, and shipping out the finished product. There will be no need to export waste tyres with this technology. Instead, those handling tyres can make generous returns just by operating this technology. The ROI on this equipment could be very quick indeed. Our business model for Retyre is disruptive and could change the face of tyre recycling in the OECD markets.”