Michelin and Enviro partner to develop an innovative technology to transform used tires into raw materials

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Automotive Press Releases Monday April 20, 2020 17:28

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Michelin is partnering with Enviro to develop and industrialize on a large scale an innovative pyrolysis technology to recycle tires at the end of their life.

For the tire industry and its customers, recycling is a major issue. Each year, about 1 billion tires reach the end of their life.Thanks to this recycling technology, tires considered as used give birth to new quality raw materials.

Swedish start-up of 20 employees founded in 2001, Enviro developed a technology to modify the chemical composition and physical phase of the pneumatic material during the pyrolysis process, while ensuring minimal energy consumption.

This highly innovative technology enables to produce high-quality products such as recovered carbon black, pyrolysis oil, steel or gas, products that can then be re-incorporated into the production circuit of different industrial sectors.   Thanks to this recycling technology, tires that are now considered as waste will be recycled into raw materials.

The envisioned partnership between Michelin and Enviro is based on four axes:

This partnership will allow the complementary know-how of the two companies to be pooled in order to accelerate progress in tire recycling. Michelin will bring its industrial know-how to the plant’s construction project and its know-how in terms of research and development and production. Enviro will bring its patented pyrolysis technology, which will produce high-quality products.

The partnership we have just signed with Enviro fits perfectly with Michelin’s “All Sustainable” vision, says Sonia Artinian-Fredou, Services and Solutions, High Technology Materials Business Director. After the acquisition of Lehigh Technologies in 2017, a specialist in high-tech micro-powders derived from recycled tires, this is a further proof of Michelin’s long-term commitment to recycling and sustainable mobility. ?

Discussions are ongoing between the two companies with the objective to conclude a final agreement by mid-2020.

*This technology consists of a chemical decomposition of an organic compound by a sharp increase in its temperature. It allows the extraction of new products not initially contained in the organic compound.

About Michelin

Michelin, the leading mobility company, is dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility, sustainably; designing and distributing the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its clients’ needs; providing digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences; and developing high-technology materials that serve a variety of industries. Headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Michelin is present in 170 countries, has more than 127,000 employees and operates 69 tire production facilities which together produced around 200 million tires in 2019. (www.michelin.com)