WASHINGTON—Recycling companies were active on many fronts in 2017 as they continued to make major strides forward, just as rubber businesses in other areas advanced their programs in recycling and sustainability.
Recycled rubber products such as recovered carbon black also achieved new hallmarks of success. Governmental action was mixed for the recycling industry, however, as some government entities continued to doubt the environmental effects of recycled rubber products.
In the corporate realm, German firm Pyrolyx A.G. and Seattle-based Reklaim Inc. announced a joint venture in January to make recovered carbon black from scrap tires in North America.
Pyrolyx owns 81 percent of the joint venture, which is called Pyrolyx USA Inc., and Reklaim's top management team runs the venture. Reklaim put its plant in Boardman, Ore., up for auction in late summer, just as Pyrolyx broke ground on a recovered carbon black facility in Terre Haute, Ind.
Another recovered carbon black company, Waste to Energy Partners, announced in February a name change to Bolder Industries.
That same month, Bolder opened what it called a first-of-its-kind facility, Marysville Carbon Solutions, in Marysville, Mo.
In June, Ontario-based scrap tire devulcanization company Tyromer Inc. received a $3.4 million grant from Canada's Automotive Supplier Innovation Program to equip a new production plant in Oldcastle, Ontario.
Also in June, Castleton Commodities International L.L.C., a Stamford, Conn.-based global commodities merchant, purchased a majority interest in recovered carbon black manufacturer Delta-Energy.
Swedish recovered carbon black manufacturer Enviro Systems Inc. signed a memorandum of understanding in March with state-owned Chinese firm Vanlead Group to build a recycling plant in southern China. In October, Enviro announced it was the only final candidate in a tender offer to build a 30,000-metric-tons-per-year recycling plant in Guangzhou for Vanlead.
In June, Quebec-based companies Delta Gomma Inc. and Waterville TG Inc. announced a partnership to recycle waste EPDM from automotive and industrial parts.
In October, Michelin North America Inc. acquired Lehigh Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of engineered rubber powders from recycled rubber, for an undisclosed sum.
In the same month, NewAge Industries, a manufacturer of plastic, rubber and silicone tubing based in Southampton, Pa., announced it had become a zero-waste organization.
Among other things, NewAge converted from standard trash disposal to energy from waste.