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By TT News| Apr 27, 2021

Carbios And Michelin Develop Technology to Produce 100 Percent Sustainable Tyres

Carbios and Michelin have taken a step towards developing tyres made out of waste plastic.

Carbios is a company pioneering new bio-industrial solutions to reinvent the lifecycle of plastic and textile polymers, and Michelin has put a stamp of approval on its latest endeavour, enzymatic recycling process for PET plastic waste, by incorporating the technology in its tyres.

This step constitutes a world-first in the tire sector and confirms the potential of Carbios’ process to help the industry in an evolution towards a sustainable circular economy model. This is implemented in accordance to their aim of achieving forty percent sustainable materials by 2030 and hundred percent sustainable materials by 2050.

The newly developed recycling process allows unlimited recycling of all types of PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) waste. It also allows the production of recycled and recyclable PET products with the same quality as the one from virgin PET, processed with the same prototype installations.

Although the existing recycling process for plastics do not achieve the performance grade required for inflatable applications, the product made from Carbios’ process does it with flair. It is particularly suitable for tyres due to its breakage resistance, toughness, and heat stability.

Nicolas Seeboth, Director of Polymer Research at Michelin, said, “We are very proud to be the first to have produced and tested recycled technical fibres for tyres. These reinforcements were made from coloured bottles and recycled using the enzymatic technology of our partner, Carbios. These high-tech reinforcements have demonstrated their ability to provide performance identical to those from the oil industry.” (TT)

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