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Northern Europe's first tyre freezing plant opens today - COMMENT UPDATE

A £4 million tyre recycling plant that freezes old tyres before breaking them up has opened today in Baglan, south Wales. TyreGenics said that its plant is the first of its type in Northern Europe, and will reprocess four million used tyres each year into rubber crumb, putting Wales at the forefront of automotive recycling. The plant is a joint venture between majority shareholder and tyre recycler Credential Environmental (CE), industrial gases expert BOC, Canadian-based artificial sports pitch business FieldTurf Tarkett and Canadian cryogenic plant manufacturer RTI Cryogenics. The project also received a grant from the Welsh European Financial Office. Liquid nitrogen is used in the process to freeze shreds of tyre to below -80?C so they become brittle. Then mechanical hammers smash the rubber into tiny pieces known as crumb. This crumb can be used for artificial sports surfaces, insulation products and rubber flooring. TyreGenics managing director Nick Wyatt said: FieldTurf will take around two-thirds of the production of the crumb but we are getting enquiries from people looking to use it in widely varying areas of manufacturing. The scarcity of rubber crumb, and its value as a recycled green alternative to other materials, means there are many potential customers for the remaining production. CE and TyreGenics chairman Andy Hinton added: We need to encourage a holistic approach to handling and processing waste. The addition of this plant to CEs network of collection, chipping and processing facilities allows us to take waste tyres from the point of disposal through to becoming a useful product again. This means we can ensure the integrity of the process and make it as green as possible. Guests at the plant opening included leading figures from the waste and tyre industries. They toured the facility, saw the end product and met local government officials involved in environmental initiatives in south Wales. Image: TyreGenics managing director Nick Wyatt, director Simon Baggott and CE and TyreGenics chairman Andy Hinton at the launch of the new plant Comment: Recipneu cryogenic tyre recycling plant has been recycling tyres since 2000 through cryogenic technology (freezing technology). Recipneu is located in Sines /Portugal and is the pioneer in cryogenic technology in Europe for tyre recycling in a regular and industrial scale. Recipneu capacity is 25.000 Tons/year is the world leader in cryogenic crumb rubber for artificial turf infilling (Fieldturf Tarkett business partner) and as asphalt rubber providers as well. Posted by Antonio Pedreiro

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