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Schwalbe and Pyrum introduce first integrated process for the recycling of used bicycle tyres

  • The innovative "Schwalbe Recycling System" sets new standards in environmental awareness and ecological responsibility
  • Project developed in close cooperation between the partners Schwalbe, Pyrum Innovations AG and TH Köln

Dillingen / Saar, 13 July 2022 - Ralf Bohle GmbH with its Schwalbe brand and Pyrum Innovations AG have presented a new recycling system for used bicycle tyres at the start of the world's largest bicycle trade fair Eurobike in Frankfurt. The "Schwalbe Recycling System", which was developed in close cooperation with the TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences), enables the integrated recycling of used tyres of all brands.

For this purpose, Schwalbe has established a collection network for used bicycle tyres – the newly developed Schwalbe Recycling Box is available at all participating specialist dealers. With its pyrolysis plant, Pyrum takes over the mechanical processing as well as the pyrolytic recycling of the used tyres. As a result, used tyres are turned into new ones. The process saves 80% CO2.

Frank Bohle, Managing Director of Ralf Bohle GmbH: "As in 1983 with the first Schwalbe Marathon, we stand at the beginning of a long road with tyre recycling. We are very grateful to Pyrum for their pioneering work in the pyrolysis process." Ralf Bohle GmbH is Europe's market leader for bicycle tyres and inner tubes. Sustainability has always been the focus of the company as one of its most important features and values.

Pascal Klein, CEO of Pyrum Innovations AG: "With its Schwalbe brand, Bohle fits perfectly into our 100% sustainable business model. With the new recycling system, we are helping to make the bicycle as a means of transportation even more sustainable."

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About Pyrum Innovations AG
Pyrum Innovations AG is active in the attractive recycling market for end-of-life-tyres with its patented pyrolysis technology. Pyrum's pyrolysis process is completely energy self-sufficient, saves up to 98% of the CO2 emissions normally generated during the disposal of end-of-lifetyres in a cement plant and produces new raw materials such as pyrolysis oil, gas and recovered carbon black from the waste used as input materials. In this way, Pyrum closes the recyclable material loop and pursues a completely sustainable business model. As a pioneer, Pyrum Innovations AG was the first company in the end-of-life-tyre recycling sector to receive REACH registration from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) for the pyrolysis oil it produces. This means that the oil is recognised as an official raw material and can be used as a raw material in production processes. In addition, Pyrum is continuously researching both new input materials as well as new raw materials to be produced, for example with the ongoing tests for the extraction of hydrogen from the gas obtained by means of the patented technology. These achievements have also been recognised by international experts in the tyre industry. For example, Pyrum won the Best Tyre Recycling Innovation category at the inaugural Recircle Awards and has been nominated for the “Grand Prix Mittelstand” ("Großer
Preis des Mittelstandes") from the German state of Saarland.

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Pyrum Innovations AG
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66763 Dillingen / Saar
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