China’s Vanlead Group in MoU with reclaimed carbon black producer

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Scandinavian recycling specialist Enviro has signed an MoU with the Vanlead Group to create a new recycling facility in Guangdong in Southern China. The Vanlead Group conducted tests of Enviro’s rubber mixtures and achieved positive results, encouraging the company to enter into the partnership.

The agreement is the first step in the process of creating a turnkey recycling plant in China. Construction is slated to start in 2017.

“Vanlead wants to take the initiative in the industry and use Enviro’s reclaimed carbon black material in its tire production on a massive scale. A first plant is currently on the drawing board. This plant will have the capacity to handle 30,000 tonnes of tires every year and will supply Vanlead’s various production units across China,” said Enviro CEO Thomas Sörensson.

“Our ambition is to conclude the negotiations over the summer. The plant will follow the basic design that we developed with ÅF and that is now ready.

“Lately, we’ve received positive feedback from several international tire producers that have performed tests on our reclaimed carbon black material. China is the world’s largest market for tires, rubber, and carbon black; there is great awareness that raw materials are limited and state-owned Vanlead is the first to exhibit this high level of ambition. These are all positive indicators.”

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