AkzoNobel, Black Bear collaborate recycle old tyres

AkzoNobel, Black Bear collaborate to recycle old tyres

5:08 AM, 8th December 2017
AkzoNobel, Black Bear collaborate to recycle old tyres
New cooperation to produce powder coatings from recycling old tyres. (File photo)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: AkzoNobel NV and Dutch company Black Bear have entered into a new cooperation to produce powder coatings from recycling old tyres.

The Cradle-to-Cradle certified carbon black supplied by Black Bear – which is obtained from end-of-life tyres – is being used as pigment in the eco-premium products developed by AkzoNobel’s powder coatings business. With this cooperation, AkzoNobel not only uses carbon black, traditionally obtained from fossil fuels, with a vastly lower CO2 footprint, but also helps to solve the global waste tyre problem.

Powder coatings are an inherently sustainable product as they contain no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and produce virtually no waste. The majority of products supplied through AkzoNobel’s market-leading Interpon brand also qualify as eco-premium.

In addition to announcing the agreement, the two companies will also work together to find additional applications for Black Bear’s certified carbon black.

“This partnership is a great example of how the supply chain can contribute to CO2 savings. We encourage more suppliers to work with us and collectively contribute to develop more sustainable product solutions,” said Andre Veneman, AkzoNobel’s director of sustainability.

“We are proud to have partnered with AkzoNobel, who are clearly recognized as the leader in sustainable paints and coatings,” said Martijn Lopes Cardozo, CEO of Black Bear.

“We are pleased to have partnered with an innovative company like Black Bear. We selected their product based on technical performance and environmental footprint, in line with our own Planet Possible agenda of doing more with less,” added Klaas Kruithof, AkzoNobel’s chief technology officer for paints and coatings.

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