MONTREAL—Tirex America Inc. has sold a TCS-1 cryogenic scrap tire disintegration system to new tire-recycler Recycletron Inc. for $2.5 million. The contract brings Tirex's sale backlog to $26.3 million for the 10 units the firm has sold, according to John L. Threshie Jr., Tirex vice president of operations.
The first eight TCS-1 systems were sold to Ocean/Ventures III, a Toms River, N.J., solid waste recycler associated with Ocean County Recycling Center Inc. The ninth was purchased by Ocean Utility Contracting Inc., another affiliate of Ocean/Ventures III, in conjunction with Bentley Environmental Engineering Inc. of Oklahoma City.
Tirex expects to deliver the first operating TCS-1 system in September, the company said.
Proprietary TCS-1 system freezes and breaks down tire sections without destroying the steel wires or fiber strands within, according to Tirex. This makes those components easily removable before the rubber is ground for crumb.
Founded in Clifton, N.J., Tirex moved its manufacturing and marketing operations to Montreal in January 1996 for various reasons, including the financial assistance the Canadian and Quebec governments offer to manufacturers of new recycling technologies.
So far, the Federal Office of Regional Development-Quebec has committed $375,000 to the TCS-1 system's development. The contributions cover about 20 percent of Tirex's total development costs, according to the company.