BASF produces raw materials from pyrolysis oil supplied by tire recycler Pyrum

Latest News: Pyrum Innovations, a waste tire pyrolysis company, and BASF, a German chemical giant
SE) has moved a step closer to a “full recycling cycle” by partnering to supply sustainable materials to automotive giant Mercedes-Benz.

On August 24, BASF’s waste tire (ELT) processing plant said that as part of the cooperation, BASF is using Pyrum
Recycled tires crack oil and biomethane from agricultural waste to produce new plastics for auto parts.

“Using these two raw materials can produce a completely new plastic with the same properties as new plastics made from fossil raw materials,” Pyrum added.

This plastic is certified according to the “Mass Balance Act”. Independent certification confirms the use of secondary materials in the product.

This year, the EQE and S-Class models will be the first production models to use the plastic for arched door handles.

Markus, Chief Technology Officer, Mercedes-Benz Group
“We are rethinking the composition of all materials in our vehicles,” Schaefer said in a separate statement. “We expect to be able to chemically recycle several hundred tons of used tires from Mercedes-Benz vehicles each year and use them in our new cars. using the resulting plastic.”

Commenting on the partnership, Pyrum CEO Pascal Klein said the use of this crude oil as a base material for making parts for Mercedes-Benz vehicles shows how
“The high quality of the product”.

Pyrum and BASF have been working together since September 2020, when the German chemical giant became one of the recycler’s largest investors.

At the time, BASF said it would take most of its pyrolysis oil and process it into new chemical products through mass balance methods in its ChemCycling project.

BASF also said it expects to build up to 100,000 tons of pyrolysis oil production capacity with other partners in the next few years.

Dillingen-based Pyrum has been operating a waste tire recycling plant since May 2020. There, it processes up to 10,000 tons per year (ktpa) of end-of-life tires to produce pyrolysis oil and recover carbon black.

The company is currently expanding its production base, aiming to double its scrap tire processing capacity to 20,000 tons per year.

In July, the recycler formed a joint venture to build and operate a waste tire pyrolysis plant in the German state of Bavaria.

The joint venture, named Revalit GmbH, will build a waste tire processing capacity of 20,000 tons per year in Straubing Harbour in 2024.