BAGLAN, Wales (July 26) — TyreGenics has opened its $5.59 million tire recycling facility in Wales, the first of its kind in Northern Europe.
The plant in Baglan will granulate 4 million used tires each year into rubber crumb, making Wales a leader in automotive recycling initiatives, the company said.
The facility is backed by a Welsh European Financial Office grant and will handle 80 meteoric tons of tires daily. It already has contracts in place to sell 70 percent of its production, the firm said. The site will employ 30.
TyreGenics said it uses liquid nitrogen to freeze shreds of tire to below -80 degrees C, at which point they become brittle, then mechanical hammers smash the rubber into crumb.