Black Bear and MMEC Mannesmann join forces to bring the circular economy to tires

Black Bear and MMEC Mannesmann join forces to bring the circular economy to tires

May 13, 2019
Press Release: MMEC Mannesmann

EPC global leader MMEC Mannesmann will play a decisive role in the international roll-out of Black Bear’s proven Tire-To-Carbon-Black Upcycling technology

A breakthrough technology to produce recovered Carbon Black (rCB) from end-of-life tires has been announced by MMEC Mannesmann (MMEC) and Black Bear, the Dutch Tire-to-Carbon-Black-Upcycling company.

MMEC Mannesmann is known for executing complex projects in the oil, gas, refining, chemical and renewables industries. Black Bear is a manufacturer of green, sustainable rCB and has developed a special carbonization process to transform used tires into valuable resources. In several industries, rCB is used as an additive in rubber, tires, plastics, coatings plastics and inks, bringing black color into products.

While carbon black is currently produced by burning oil in a very energy-intensive and CO2-emitting process, manufacturers are looking for sustainable alternatives to reduce their environmental footprint. One of Black Bear’s clients is AkzoNobel, a specialist in paints and coatings. “To meet the growing demand for rCB and receive a substantial impact to meet the waste tire problem we need to roll out our proven technology,” explained Joost Raimond, construction director at Black Bear. “Being in the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) industry for many years, I know that the partnership with MMEC is a game-changer in our time-to-market as we now can offer real turn-key plant realization to clients who want to use our technology.”

“Black Bear’s proven technology is highly promising,” added Johann-Georg Rathgeb, head of Technologies at MMEC Mannesmann. “We have been closely monitoring their technology developments for quite some time now.”

The initial focus will be on already identified sites together with partners inside Europe. Given MMEC’s strong presence in the Middle East, this region will also see Black Bear facilities emerging in the future.

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