OSWIECIM, Poland—Between Russia's invasion of Ukraine and a European regulatory landscape that soon could see mandates for recycled materials in tire production, interest in recovered materials has increased dramatically.
As such, the Polish chemical producer Synthos S.A. is collaborating with Switzerland-based Tyre Recycling Solutions, a company in which Synthos gained a minority share after its late 2021 acquisition of Trinseo S.A.'s synthetic rubber business.
"At Synthos, we stand in solidarity with Ukraine," said Matteo Marchisio, business unit director for Synthos Synthetic Rubber. "Therefore, we view the business opportunities arising from the current crisis with mixed feelings."
Marchisio said high demand for synthetic rubber; and the tire manufacturing trend toward the use of sustainable alternatives to reduce dependence on Russian and Belarussian feedstocks and imports is shaping Synthos' strategic outlook.
The upcoming Ecodesign Regulation under the European Union's Green Deal will establish minimum thresholds for the use of recycled rubber material in tire manufacturing, raising interest in Tyre Recycling Solutions' patented TyreXol recycled rubber powder.
This powder can be used as a replacement additive for carbon black, one of the chief performance ingredients in tire manufacturing.