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Bringing circularity at scale to the rubber industry with sustainable carbonaceous material

Pyrolysis has been used as a means of recycling end-of-life tires or other post-industrial and/or consumer rubber products for several years. This process produces several valuable secondary raw materials that support the circular economy. One such material, sustainable carbonaceous material (SCM), can be used as a sustainable alternative to carbon black in many applications where traditional virgin carbon black is used. Although traditionally seen as suitable only for low value applications, recent advances allow the use of SCM in a wider range of higher value products. These advances are helping compounders and OEMs meet their sustainability targets by allowing the use of a higher percentage of sustainable materials in their formulations with minimal adjustments or loss in performance.

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Chloramine devulcanization: Setting new standards in carbon black and rubber recovery from end-of-life tires

A constantly developing automotive industry and the growing number of vehicles generate massive tire demand. The worldwide demand is expected to reach more than 3 billion units by 2025, with an indicated rise of 4% and an estimated sales forecast of $258 billion. Further management and recycling of end-of-life tires (ELTs) is still a critical challenge globally which needs to be overcome, since it produces severe land, water and air pollution. The development of low cost, environmentally benign and industrial scale tire recycling methods is gaining more attention, garnering much ongoing research to address the problem. However, due to the complex and heterogeneous three-dimensional structure of the tire, the development of efficient, industrial scale devulcanization technologies that can electively recover the main components of the tire, such as carbon black and rubber, is rare.

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Carbon black specifically designed for tires and rubber goods in the EV market

The concept of an electric vehicle developed nearly 200 years ago, with European and U.S. inventors at the forefront. However, as the electric vehicle was sought after, so too was the gasoline powered vehicle, which had an improved internal combustion engine. Electric vehicles were favored, though, as they were rendered quiet and did not emit odorous gases like the other vehicle types. The ease of driving made it very popular among urban residents. Such advantages propelled vehicle sales in the early 1900s; although, despite such early popularity, electric vehicles just about faded by 1935, as gas became cheap and ever more abundant. Decades ensued, and it was not until global environmental concerns and the rise in oil prices that more research and development was dedicated to the electric vehicle.

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Naugard Bio-XL bio-sourced rubber curing ultra-accelerator for tire and technical rubber goods applications

Some products offered to the tire industry involve replacing existing technology with a renewable source-derived substitute. Tire companies themselves are also innovating new sustainable tire materials, such as the new sources of latex rubber under development by Continental and Bridgestone. Replacing reactive products, such as antioxidants, antiozonants and accelerators, may be considered more challenging, as this task involves inventing a new molecule versus replicating an existing structure with a renewable raw material source. The vulcanization process is a particularly challenging area for creating sustainable alternatives, since the reactivity of this chemical system is critical both to the manufacturing needs and to the performance of the rubber system.

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Birla Carbon to build new carbon black facilities in India and Thailand

Each of the new facilities will have an initial capacity of 120 kMT operational in 2025 with plans to expand to 240 kMT in the future. These two new greenfield sites will be prioritized based on their locations, demand dynamics in the region, and specific customer needs. Previously announced brownfield expansion plans in Hungary, as well as, the post treatment facility expanding Specialty capacity at Patalganga, India, are progressing on plan.

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Scientists observe the molecular motion of rubber components in tires

An international research team led by scientists from the University of Tokyo, Ibaraki University, and European XFEL has now observed the molecular motion within samples of polybutadiene and carbon black, which occurs naturally as a result of the material structure, with a time resolution of 890 nanoseconds (billionths of a second)—the fastest resolution obtained in such studies so far—at the European XFEL’s SPB/SFX instrument.

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Global carbon black market set to reach $46.9 billion by 2033

The carbon black market is characterized by high competition and fragmentation, with numerous global companies operating within it. Competition is driven by factors such as product quality, pricing, innovation, and brand reputation. Notable developments in the market include Birla Carbon’s launch of the Birla Carbon Specialty Blacks product line, featuring high-performance specialty carbon blacks for various industrial applications, and Cabot Corporation’s introduction of the TransfinityTM series of carbon black products, designed to enhance performance and processing efficiency in the tire and rubber industries.

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Influence of functionalized terpolymer resin on carbon black reinforced rubber compounds

Influence of functionalized terpolymer resin on carbon black reinforced rubber compounds and corelation with tire performance In recent years, the European Union (EU) has mandated reducing greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide (CO2). Passenger cars are responsible for roughly 13% of the total CO2 emission in the E.U. From 2021, the CO2 emissions of new passenger cars must be reduced by 27% compared to 2015.

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Global carbon black market forecast at $23.3 billion by 2028

According to the report, the global carbon black market attained a value of USD 16723.6 million in 2022. Aided by the growing demand for rubber products and the expanding automotive industry, the market is projected to further grow at a CAGR of 5.7% between 2023 and 2028 to reach a value of USD 23371.79 million by 2028.

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