GURUGRAM, India — Apollo Tyres Ltd. has struck a supply deal with Canadian waste tire recycler Tyromer Inc. to help it achieve its long-term sustainability goals.
"Producing new tires using the sustainable raw materials is currently the most efficient path to meet our circular economy goals," P.K. Mohamed, chief adviser, research and development, for Apollo, said.
As part of the partnership, Tyromer's Indian subsidiary Tyromer India L.L.P. will supply Apollo with recycled rubber materials that are generated through Tyromer's proprietary non-chemical devulcanization of end-of-life tires.
"This partnership with Tyromer is a step towards achieving our sustainability goals," Mohamed said.
Apollo said using a metric ton of tire-derived polymers (TDP) can save greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to four passenger vehicles driven for a year.
Producing a ton of TDP, Apollo added, requires less than 2 MWh of energy, compared with over 20 MWh required for the manufacture of virgin materials.
Wellington, Ontario-based Tyromer has developed a patented devulcanization process that generates devulcanized rubber through an extrusion process using tire-derived crumb rubber as the feedstock but without the use of chemicals or additives.
According to its website, the company uses "a supercritical carbon dioxide- assisted, thermal-mechanical extrusion process to continuously convert scrap tire rubber into tire-derived polymer."
Financial terms of the new deal were not disclosed.
Tyromer recently said that Continental A.G. has begun incorporating its material into new tires.