Construction is underway on Pyrolyx’s (Munich) new $30 million, 60,000-square-foot carbon-black processing facility in Terre Haute, Ind., which the Zeppelin Group (Garching, Germany) is building.
When completed in 2019, Pyrolyx USA Indiana expects to have 55 full-time employees and annually process about 4 million passenger car tires’ worth of shredded material, which J&R Used Tire Service (Danville, Ill.) will supply. It anticipates producing nearly 13,000 mt a year of recovered carbon black for tire, technical rubber, and plastic additive manufacturers, as well as recovering pyrolysis oil and steel. Pyrolyx Indiana is a subsidiary of Pyrolyx USA (Tumwater, Wash.), a new joint venture between Pyrolyx and Reklaim (Seattle). Pyrolyx, which ceased production at Reklaim’s Boardman, Ore., carbon black facility in 2016 and sold that facility’s assets in September, says it chose to open a new facility in Terre Haute for its favorable logistics, including lower transportation costs for reaching customers in the Midwest and Southeast. Visit pyrolyx.com, zeppelin.com, jrusedtires.com, or reklaim.com.
In other news…Ontario Tire Stewardship’s (Toronto) 2017 design challenge honored two student teams that used the equivalent of 854 recycled tires to redesign Artscape Youngplace, a popular community cultural hub in Toronto. This year’s challenge was the first to incorporate an industrial design component, which produced the Sheridan College team’s winning entry: a modular bench featuring a bike rack and solar-powered lighting. Also earning top honors was the University of Toronto team’s landscape design. Visit rethinktires.ca.