2019 Agenda

Day One: 21st May 2019

Sustainability Forum: Sustainable Tyres and Rubber Products

  1. Registration

  2. Opening remarks from the chairperson

    Martin von Wolfersdorff | Principal Advisor of Wolfersdorff Consulting, Germany

  3. Increasing the use of sustainable materials in the world of mobility

    Francois Masson | Head of Recycling Strategy and Business of Michelin

    The keynote will discuss the main strategic success factors or barriers to remove for using more sustainable materials. It will also illustrate Michelin’s ambition on that matter and potential technologies of interest to achieve this ambition.


  4. ELT management in Europe in the perspective of circular economy’ within the sustainability forum

    Jean-Pierre Taverne | Director Circular Economy & Coordinator ELT of ETRMA

    This session will be hosted by the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association

  5. RCB from a perspective of a rubber articles producer

    Jurgen Heers | Head of Group Procurement Compounding Materials of Semperit AG-Holding

    • Semperit Overview (Segments, application)
    • Raw materials used at Semperit (share of Carbon Black, RcB) == target share of RcB (>2020)
    • Our Requirements towards RcB (commercial, technical/quality, supply, packaging)
    • Risks and Chances of RCB supply


  6. Networking break

  7. Sustainability at Hexpol Compounding

    Giorgio Muller | Sales & Marketing Director Europe/Asia of Hexpol Compounding

    How sustainability is practiced within the Hexpol Compounding Group

    Insight into the negative effect that human activities have on the environment is rising rapidly and one can only conclude that Hexpol - like many other players - must raise the bar as regards action programmes that contribute to sustainable development.

    A long-term strategy for issues that affect the environment, work environment, business ethics and social responsibility. We also see favourable opportunities to create business value through activities in these areas.

    Exploring  the usage of non-toxic raw materials based on renewable, recycled resources

Market Forum Trends Forecasts & Analysis for Pyrolysis Products

  1. Pyrolysis: The key players, new innovators and companies who are leading the way

    Martin von Wolfersdorff | Principal Advisor of Wolfersdorff Consulting, Germany

    • Top twenty global rCB companies in this space
    • Newcomers entering the market
    • Current and future applications for rCB
    • Future outlook
  2. Global market review: Recovered Carbon Black Opportunities

    Paul Ita | President of Notch Consulting Group, USA

    • Global market review: Recovered Carbon Black Opportunities
    • Global market opportunities for tyre pyrolysis
    • Global market sizes for rCB and pyrolysis oil
  3. PANEL: Recovered carbon black : How to change perception and demonstrate rCB as a reliable and effective alternative to virgin carbon black

    Other panellists include Lawrence Culliford, Business Development, Ecolomondo, Francois Terrade, Founder, pro2Act

    PANEL: Recovered carbon black : How to change perception and demonstrate rCB as a reliable and effective alternative to virgin carbon black

    • rCB filling current economic and ecologic gaps in the virgin black market

    • Business drivers and motivation in the tire pyrolysis industry

    • rCB – a carbon black OR a new material?

    • rCB perception within the virgin carbon black industry

    • What can rCB producers do to ensure a better reputation for rCB

    • Stability, scale  and growth of the rCB industry

    • Pricing of rCB material


  4. Networking lunch

    Sponsored by Ecolomondo

  5. Virgin carbon black perspective: Do we see opportunity within the recovered carbon black sector?

    Jakub Szwajka | Chief Marketing Officer of MAKROchem

    •Insight from a virgin carbon black manufacturer

    •Using virgin black in combination with rCB


  6. Carbon black feedstock 101 and why this is important for the recovered carbon black industry

    Shane Perl | Principal of The Alpen Group, USA

    • Building the foundation – the CB Feedstock Market
    • Specifications & pricing
    • IMO sulphur content
    • Potential for pyrolysis industry
  7. Pyrolysis From Tires Interdependence of rCB and Oils Production Due To Economic and Regulatory Constraints

    Robert Weibold | Founder of Weibold

Equipment Forum Part 1: Tyre Pyrolysis Plant Operation

  1. Producing fine ground rCB economically at minimum energy consumption

    Daniel Karhoff | Central Division of Technology of NEUMAN & ESSER Process Technology

    Revolutionary concept for energy efficient size reduction of rCB

    •             Motivation for the development of a novel grinding and classifying system

    •             Synopsis of the R&D process

    •             Test results with comparison of efficiencies

  2. Networking break

  3. Energy optimized fine milling of recycled Carbon Black

    Ergün Altin | Senior R&D Manager of Hosokawa Alpine AG

    • High efficiency jet milling
    • New special design of jet mill with integrated finest classifier
    • New special nozzle design for low pressure operation
    • Energy saving, with hot gas – low pressure operation
    • Low pressure drop with special design of classifier
    • Plant design according safety regulation (ATEX, NEMA….)

Innovation Forum: Ash leaching, activation and microwave

  1. Recovered carbon black – A step forward

    Dr Vitaly Khusidman | Chief Executive Officer of G3C Technologies

    Recovered Carbon Black (rCB) rubber application has well known challenges, including surface area / particle size distribution limitations and in-rubber performance shift. The former limitations are resulting from recovering of the mix of the virgin Carbon Black (vCB) grades used in tires by a typical pyrolysis process. In-rubber performance shift (i.e. rCB demonstrates N3XX colloidal properties while exhibiting in-rubber performance typical for N7XX vCB grades) are usually attributed to several factors, including, but not limited to, presence of inorganic impurities in the rCB.


    The patented G3C method converts existing in tires carbon black grades to the higher grades with higher surface area. This method is not just recovering, but also upgrades carbon black used in tires. The results of such upgrading are discussed in the presentation.


    The G3C rCB purification represents the capability to remove a part or most of inorganic impurities from the rCB. The purification results and operating cost estimations for the future scaled up purification solutions are also discussed.

  2. Microwave pyrolysis panel session

    Panel speakers include Bob Rooney, Director, Rotawave, UK Paolo Budroni, Sales & Marketing Director, Tyrebirth, Italy

    • Advantages of microwave pyrolysis (heat transfer, residence time, rCB)
    • Different approaches to implementation (batch, continuous, new or retro-fit)
    • Scaling of microwave pyrolysis plants
  3. Closing remarks from the chairperson

Networking Drinks Reception Sponsored by Scandinavian Enviro Systems

  1. Networking Drinks Reception

    Join us for the networking drinks reception which has been sponsored by Scandinavian Enviro Systems 

  2. End of day one

Day two: 22nd May 2019


  1. Registration

  2. Opening remarks from the chairperson

    Jean-Paul Bouysset | Senior Consultant of Rubber Products Pyrolysis & Regeneration

Technical Forum:Testing, quality standards and technical opportunities

  1. The Importance of Validated Test Methods for Recovered Carbon Black (rCB)

    Pieter ter Haar | Head of R&D and QA of ASTM. USA


    Recovered Carbon Blacks (rCB)s have long been proposed to be a N330 replacement. Data based on generally accepted characteristics from the carbon black industry - like surface area and structure level - are suggestive of high reinforcement properties of rCB. However, many of the currently used test methods from the carbon black industry do not seem to be suitable for categorizing rCBs. New test methods to better predict rCB behaviour in end applications will be required to provide the industry with the proper quality control tools so that batch-to-batch consistency can be guaranteed and relevant certificates of analysis provided. This presentation will walk through why test methods are important for rCBs and also provide an update on the latest relevant ASTM D36 activities focusing on rCB, rubber-derived liquids, and nomenclature highlights


  2. The science behind recovered carbon black: test methods

    Chris Norris | General Manager of Artis, UK


    • Test methods how to apply them to recovered carbon black- case study example
    • Mixing virgin carbon black with recovered carbon black: what properties are you looking for and have to achieve optimum results
    • How is filler interacting with this material?
  3. Sustainability and tyres: why Rcb could be the way forward

    Lucky Braimoh | Director Business Development & Sales of Titan International


    • Why sustainability is now a really core consideration for tyre manufactures
    • Experiences with rCB Vs virgin CB
    • What properties we need and look for when it comes to tyre R&D
  4. Networking break

  5. Assessment of recovered carbon black obtained by waste tires thermolysis: Which methods to understand its properties for industrial applications

    Serge Da Silva | R&D Director of Alpha Recyclage

  6. Global introduction of recovered carbon black

    Fredrik Olofsson | Sales Manager of Scandinavian Enviro Systems

    • Brief introduction of Scandinavian Enviro Systems - background and progress so far
    • LCA (Life cycle assessment) - our now finalized study shows enormous potential for the rubber- and tire industry by introduction of our rCB to significantly reduce their CO2 footprint. 
    • Global introduction of the new raw material and commodity - rCB - challenges and opportunities
    • Global rCB capacity increase - the only way forward....

Equipment Forum Part 2: Tyre Pyrolysis Plant Operation

  1. Efficient fine grinding of recovered carbon black with fluidized bed jet mills

    Christian Höfels | Process Technology Development of NETZSCH

    • Design of Air Jet Mill with integrated dynamic air classifier for reproducible product quantities
    • Advantages and disadvantages of low- and high pressure operation
    • Importance and influences of air generation on the process
    • Presentation and discussion of reliable results and performance data
  2. The recovery process of tire pyrolysis carbon black and how to deal with waste tyre, including carbon black purify, granulation, drying and recovery after pyrolysis

    Jin Yanchao | Vice Manager R&D Department of Doright Co Ltd, China

    This presentation will explore the recovery process of tire pyrolysis carbon black and how to deal with waste tyre, including carbon black purify, granulation, drying and recovery after pyrolysis

  3. Networking lunch

    Sponsored by Bolder Industries

  4. A continuous process for pelletizing recovered carbon black powder

    Craig Vaughan | Business Development Consultant of Mars Mineral

    • Exploring different milling technologies
    • Reviewing particle size, pellet hardness distribution, pellets binder, pellet wetting agents, pellets dryer technologies and how it effects on hardness and fines/attrition.
    • Continuous vs batch pelletizing?
    • Handling and storage of pellets, long term moisture adsorbtion in pellets - effect on vulcanisation.
    • Rcb in rubber production (calendaring, extrusion, moulding), compound recipe changes with rCB
  5. Creating rubber granulates - the best process

    Matthias Eske | Sales Manager of ANDRITZ Recycling

    • Who ist ANDRITZ
    • Which machines worked
    • How is the process, what is the result

Business Forum: Strategies, Investment & Funding

  1. Setting up a rCB plant- matching stakeholder’s expectations

    Jens Elton Anderson | CEO and Partner of WindSpace

    • Environmental challenges in the tire industry and rCB as part of the solution
    • Adoption of new technologies
    • Lessons from the renewable energy industry
    • Setting up a rCB plant- matching stakeholder’s expectations
  2. Making a virtue out of need” Review and outlook: Alternative financing strategies for our green industrial start-up

    Claus Lamer | Business Development Manager of Carbon Recovery GmbH

    The starting position is likely to be the same for industrial start-ups worldwide: there is a good idea for a technically, economically and ecologically sustainable solution to a problem (often even a proof of concept), but limited equity among the founders. Venture Capital and Business Angels find your solution "interesting", but they invest (usually) only if

    •          the solution has already been implemented and patented,

    •          the technology works well and

    •          "customers are queuing in front of the door" (this also applies to many "funding agencies for EU subsidies").

    After all, the Venture Capital ultimately determines the corporate strategy, which is often enough to grow as fast as possible and exit as quickly as possible (with the highest possible profit).

    The problem is simply that you must prove something (in order to get money and to start), that you can only prove with this money!

    How do you break out of this vicious circle? And how can you still retain control (as the founder)?


    Claus Lamer Business Development Manager at Carbon Recovery GmbH

Closing Forum: Conference Review

  1. Closing summary session and close of conference