2019 Agenda

Day One: 21st May 2019

Sustainability Forum: Sustainable Tyres and Rubber Products

  1. Registration

  2. Opening remarks from the chairperson

  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. General aspects of suitability of raw materials (such as rCB) for rubber sector and tyre point of view

    This session is reserved for Trelleborg Wheel Systems (Tentative Confirmation)

  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 | Principal of Notch Consulting, Inc., USA

    • Global market review: Recovered Carbon Black Opportunities
    • Global market opportunities for tyre pyrolysis
    • Global market sizes for rCB and pyrolysis oil
  3. The barriers and hurdles rCB suppliers face in providing commercial amounts of recovered carbon black

    Jeffrey Flannery | CEO of Delta Energy Group

    11:45 The barriers and hurdles rCB suppliers face in providing commercial amounts of recovered carbon black

    • Industry history

    • Corporate sustainability

    • Chemistry of Rubber Recycle Options

    • Industry efforts to develop product standards


  4. 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

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

    • rCB fills some of the gaps in the virgin black market due to costs and the notion that the regulatory environment is putting big pressure on current suppliers for virgin CB which is impacting production- this provides opportunity for the rCB industry

    • Understanding the need and drive behind rCB production: why we as a company are in this space

    • rCB – a carbon black OR a new material?

    • rCB perception within the virgin carbon black industry – how do we see this and it is changing? What can rCB producers do to ensure a better reputation for rCB

    • Stability and capacity

    • Pricing of material – should Rcb have a lower price than virgin carbon black?


  5. Lunch and networking break

  6. 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


  7. Spotlight: This session is reserved for a leading service provider

    Spotlight: This session is reserved for a leading service provider 

  8. 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
  9. Pyrolysis oil - markets defined by upcoming regulations

    Robert Weibold | Founder of Weibold

    • How to meet the new regulations under Paris agreement, RED, Fuel Directive, IMO MARPOL Annex VI regulation and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Agreement on reduced sulphur content and greenhouse gases in transport fuel, marine distillate fuels, heavy fuel oil and industrial fuels by 2020
    •  Alternative technologies for upgrading waste tire-derived pyrolysis oil yields and properties using homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis.
    • Overview on additives improving destruction process, yields and oxidation stability of the obtained pyrolysis liquids.
  10. Networking break

Equipment Forum: Tyre Pyrolysis Plant Operation

  1. Energy optimized fine milling of recycled Carbon Black

    Alexander Krauser | Head of Sales Chemicals Division 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….)
  2. Technical challenges with recovered carbon black with a focus on pelleting

    Craig Vaughan | General Manager 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.


  3. Reserved for Netzsch

    This session will be delivered by Netzsch. As a company specializing in ultra-fine grinding and classifying, NETZSCH Trockenmahltechnik GmbH offers extensive experience and a very varied machine program ranging from laboratory and production machines to complete manufacturing lines. NETZSCH´s fine-impact mills, classifying- and jet mills as well as fine-cutting mills and high-efficiency finest classifiers are mainly used in the application areas chemistry, inorganic substances/minerals, ceramic materials and also in the field of Life Science for pharmaceutical- and food-applications.

  4. Closing remarks from the chairperson

Cocktail Reception

  1. Cocktail Reception

    Join us for a networking cocktail reception. 

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 Pyrolyx AG, Germany


    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


    • 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. Carbon Black Guidance from Scandinavian Enviro Systems

    Fredrik Oloffson | Sales Manager of Scandinavian Enviro Systems

    Reserved for Fredrik Olofsson Sales Manager, Scandinavian Enviro Systems AB (publ)/Tyre Recycling in Sweden

  7. rCB, Another Carbon Reinforcing Material or Advanced Lesson in Chemistry

    Dennis Harper | Business Development of Green Carbon, Inc



    • Building Batch System De Polymerization Equipment half the battle
    • Study of best Chemical Physical Property Makeup
    • 3rd party Certification of rCB material for market
    • Identifying best market launch for solid positioning
    • Can 100% Sustainability be met

Business Forum: Strategies, Investment & Funding

  1. Opening up a new plant- the opportunities – a real life case study

    This will be a case study discussing opening up a new plant- the opportunities and progress to date

  2. Lunch and networking break

  3. 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

  4. Investor Panel Session

    Tony Wibbeler | CEO of Bolder Industries

Innovation Forum: Ash leaching, activation and microwave

  1. Recovered Carbon Black – A Step Forward

    Dr Vitaly Khusidman | Chief Executive Officer of G3C Technologies


    •  rCB technical challenges
    • Surface area limitations
    • High contents of inorganic impurities
    • Other challenges
    • A step forward
    •  Increasing surface area
    • Reduction of inorganic impurities
    • Next steps
    •  Product development
    • Commercialization

    Vitaly Khusidman, Chief Executive Officer G3C Technologies

  2. Microwave panel session

    Panel speakers include experts from Rotawave

    Topic to be discussed

    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 summary session and close of conference

    Martin von Wolfersdorff | Principal Advisor of Wolfersdorff Consulting, Germany