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End-of-life tyre rubber converted to Micronized Rubber Powder (MRP)

Connell Brothers : 27 March, 2014  (Company News)
Connell Brothers (CBC), distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in the Asia-Pacific region, has partnered with Lehigh Technologies, to market Lehigh's PolyDyne micronized rubber powders (MRP) to the tyre and rubber industries in Japan and Korea. After initially operating in Japan, the two companies will focus on broadening the industry outreach in Japan, as well as introducing MRP to Korea and Southeast Asia.
In recent years, many tyre and rubber companies have implemented robust sustainability and waste reduction programmes to address the end-of-life tyres produced by the automotive industry each year. By transforming these end-of-life tyres into new materials, MRP can help the automotive sector meet environmental goals without paying a premium for sustainability. Additionally, incorporating MRP into new tyres provides crucial environmental benefits via energy savings and reducing virgin rubber consumption.
 
Lehigh Technologies is a leading specialty materials company that is transforming end-of-life tyre and post-industrial rubber into highly engineered, sustainable powders called Micronized Rubber Powder (MRP) that are being used in a wide range of consumer and industrial applications. Energy efficient cryogenic turbo mill technology breaks down these raw materials to micron-scale powders that are sold to manufacturers of advanced products, including high-performance tyres, industrial rubber, consumer and industrial plastics goods, asphalt and coatings and construction materials.
 
Following two years of market development, MRP - produced from end-of-life tyres and post-industrial rubber - has helped meet growing demand for affordable, high performance and sustainable raw materials in Japan, one of the world's leading automotive markets.
 
"The Japanese tyre and rubber industries have always shown clear demand for specialty materials that offer cost and environmental benefits," said Azita Owlia, vice president for north Asia at CBC. "These materials also need to meet stringent performance criteria, given Japan's quality and safety standards for tyre manufacturing." 
 
"With one of the largest automotive sectors in the world, Asia is an important market for MRP," said Alan Barton, CEO of Lehigh Technologies. "Our MRP has already been used to make more than 250 million tyres globally, and our customer base includes six of the top 10 tyre companies in the world."
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