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Continental and Pyrum Innovations Further Expand Circular Economy in the Tyre Industry

Continental is consistently expanding its activities in the area of circular economy. To this end, the premium tyre manufacturer has signed a development agreement with Pyrum Innovations, a specialist in the pyrolysis of end-of-life tyres. The aim of the collaboration is to further optimise and expand the recycling of end-of-life tyres through pyrolysis. In the future, among other things, particularly high-quality recovered carbon black (rCB) is to be obtained for Continental’s tyre production. Carbon black is an important component of many tyre compounds. By using high-quality carbon black, the tyre’s performance can be significantly improved. Continental’s subsidiary, Reifen-Entsorgungsgesellschaft (REG), will begin supplying end-of-life tyres from the premium manufacturer to Pyrum as early as this month. In the long term, the aim is to establish a circular economy concept for the recycling of end-of-life tyres. Since Pyrum’s IPO in 2021, Continental has already held a strategic minority stake in the company.

“In Pyrum we have found a partner who has developed a particularly efficient pyrolysis process. Together we want to further develop the processes for the pyrolysis of end-of-life tyres. Our goal is to recover valuable materials and high-performance raw materials on an industrial scale in the future, among other things, for Continental’s tyre production”, explains Dr. Andreas Topp, Head of Materials and Process Development and Industrialisation at Continental Tyres. He adds: “Continental has ambitious sustainability goals. It is important for us to conserve resources. That’s why we are continuously expanding our solutions for the circular economy.”

“We have been in close exchange with Continental for some time and are looking forward to further expanding our collaboration with this agreement. Our business model is already fully sustainable. Together with Continental, we now want to go the next step towards a sustainable tyre industry”, says Pascal Klein, CEO of Pyrum Innovations.

Industrial carbon black is an important resource used in tyre production and in the manufacture of other industrial rubber products. Carbon black recovered from end-of-life tyres saves fossil raw materials and will contribute significantly to reducing CO2emissions. The specific use of carbon black in rubber compounds increases the stability, strength and durability of tyres. In a standard passenger car tyre, the amount of carbon black, to which tyres owe their black colour, is 15-20 percent.

Circular economy an integral part of Continental’s sustainability strategy

Sustainable materials and circular economy are an important part of Continental’s sustainability strategy. “End-of-life tyres are a raw material for Continental just in the wrong place. We believe that circular economy is the model of the future. Modern, highly efficient pyrolysis processes are very important to us in this regard”, says Claus Petschick, Head of Sustainability at Continental Tyres. He adds, “As part of our ambitious sustainability strategy, we will increase the use of sustainable materials in our tyre products to 100 percent by 2050 at the latest, for which recycled materials will make a significant contribution. As part of a closed-loop system, tyres will in future become the starting material for new tyres.”