WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.—Business leaders and industry experts are calling the new ASTM International standard that classifies recovered carbon black a step in the right direction.
About 65 percent of tire makers cite rCB as the "best material to achieve sustainability goals," according to a recent Smithers report on sustainable CB production methods.
"This ASTM item will be arguably the most useful standard for recovered carbon black," stated Martin von Wolfersdorff, a Berlin-based consultant on the rCB industry, in his January newsletter. "It will help producers to know what to produce and buyers to know what they purchase."
According to ASTM, the new standard for rCB, approved Jan. 31 and officially known as D8474, spawned out of the D36 committee (the D24 committee conducts tests and classifications for standard furnace black).