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Birla Carbon and Circtec team up to introduce new carbon black line based on recovered material

On May 25, Birla Carbon (Mumbai, India & Marietta, GA) and Circtec, a leader in pyrolysis technology based in the UK, signed a long-term supply agreement for a new line of “sustainable carbonaceous materials” made from recycled tires. The new product line will be called Continua.

To support the venture, Circtec is setting up a new flagship production plant in the Netherlands based on the company’s proprietary production process. According to the company, this will be the largest, most sustainable and most efficient pyrolysis plant in Europe. It is expected to begin production by the end of 2022. While putting millions of tires through the pyrolysis recycling process, the Circtec plant will have a total annual production capacity of 73,000 tons of Sustainable Carbonaceous Materials by 2026, making it the largest single source of Sustainable Carbonaceous Materials and also of product-grade renewable fuels from the pyrolysis of end-of-life tires.

Commenting on the association, Dr. Santrupt B. Misra, Chief Executive Officer, Birla Carbon, said in a press release, “Our commitment to sustainability over the last decade has seen Birla Carbon bring more and more innovation-focused solutions to our customers. This partnership with Circtec is a big step towards product circularity in our value chain and bringing our customers’ sustainability aspirations closer to reality. Through our collaboration with Circtec, we will become the largest suppliers of Sustainable Carbonaceous Materials in the world, weaving together technology expertise and customized solutions”.

Allen Timpany, co-founder and CEO of Circtec, said in the press release, “Our long-term alliance with Birla Carbon is instrumental to our objective to build a leading global business in the low-carbon circular economy.”

A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Circtec’s process, conducted according to ISO 14040 and ISO 14044, demonstrates that, at full capacity, 228,000 tonnes of direct and indirect CO2 emissions will be eliminated on an annual basis when compared to the conventional carbon black process.

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