COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Specialty tire maker Global Rubber Industries (GRI) is increasing efforts to incorporate recycled carbon black (RCB) for compounding, affirming its commitment to sustainability.
GRI said it has adopted RCB and selected premium suppliers for RCB, demonstrating the company's "dedication of sourcing top-tier materials that meet the standards demanded by the tire industry. GRI's use of RCB encompasses a strategic vision of aligning tire production with responsible manufacturing, where recycled materials are seamlessly integrated into our tire compounds, transforming the way tires are produced and consumed."
The Sri Lankan company did not quantify the extent of its use of RCB versus virgin carbon black but said it using RCB for its Ultimate Green XT premium material handling tire for forklifts, as well as in its radial Green XLR Earth series.
GRI said RCB reduces the environmental impact of tire production while maintaining crucial physical properties that ensure safety, strength and resilience of specialty tires.
"This endeavor goes beyond traditional tire development and considers the full lifecycle impact of the product from manufacturing to end-of-life disposal," GRI CEO Mahesha Ranasoma said.
GRI uses natural rubber sourced locally for its production of "high-grade" specialty tires.