From used tyres to door handles: Pyrum will recycle used tyres from Mercedes-Benz vehicles in future

Pyro­lysis oil from used tyres as a basis for the produc­tion of tech­ni­cally sophisti­cated and safety-rele­vant Mercedes-Benz vehicle components 

Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG (“Pyrum”, the “Company”, ISIN: DE000A2G8ZX8), a pionee­ring company that sustain­ably recy­cles used tyres with its globally patented, unique pyro­lysis tech­no­logy, is taking the next step in its colla­bo­ra­tion with Mercedes-Benz AG. In future, the company will recycle several hundred tonnes of used tyres from the Mercedes-Benz Used Parts Centre every year. The company produces pyro­lysis oil from the used tyres using its own inno­va­tive process. The pyro­lysis oil produced is then supplied to the co-opera­tion partner BASF SE, which uses the oil as a raw mate­rial in combi­na­tion with biome­thane in the produc­tion of new plas­tics for the manu­fac­ture of Mercedes-Benz vehicle components.

Pascal Klein, CEO of Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG: “We are delighted to be taking the next step in our colla­bo­ra­tion with Mercedes-Benz. By chemi­cally recy­cling used tyres from Mercedes-Benz vehicles, we can jointly reduce the use of fossil resources and ulti­m­ately close mate­rial cycles.”

The used tyres are deli­vered from the Mercedes-Benz used parts centre and disposed of at Pyrum’s main plant in Dillingen. Pyrum has been supp­lying pyro­lysis oil to BASF since last year. BASF then feeds this into its Verbund toge­ther with biome­thane from agri­cul­tural waste at the start of produc­tion and uses it to produce a new plastic that is certi­fied accor­ding to the so-called “mass balance process”. Since last year, the first series models such as the EQE and the Mercedes-Benz S‑Class have already been equipped with swing door handles. In addi­tion, the Mercedes-Benz S‑Class is to be fitted with a crash absorber made from the recy­cled plastic mate­rial. Further poten­tial appli­ca­tions for the inno­va­tive recy­cled mate­rial are being explored.

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About Pyrum Innovations AG

With its patented pyro­lysis tech­no­logy, Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG is active in the attrac­tive recy­cling market for used tyres and various plas­tics. Pyrum’s pyro­lysis process is largely energy self-suffi­cient and, accor­ding to the Fraun­hofer Insti­tute, saves signi­fi­cantly more CO2 emis­sions than today’s stan­dard recy­cling processes for used tyres — espe­ci­ally compared to inci­ne­ra­tion in cement plants — and produces new raw mate­rials such as pyro­lysis oil, gas and recy­cled carbon black (rCB) from the waste used as input mate­rials. In this way, Pyrum closes the mate­rial cycle and pursues a 100% sustainable busi­ness model. As a pioneer, Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG was the first company in the waste tyre recy­cling sector to receive REACH regis­tra­tion from the Euro­pean Chemi­cals Agency (ECHA) for the pyro­lysis oil it produces back in 2018. This means that the oil is reco­g­nised as an offi­cial raw mate­rial that can be used in produc­tion processes. In addi­tion, Pyrum has received ISCC PLUS certi­fi­ca­tion for the pyro­lysis oil and the rCB. Both products are ther­e­fore reco­g­nised as sustainable and rene­wable raw mate­rials. Pyrum has also received ISO 14001 certi­fi­ca­tion for its envi­ron­mental manage­ment system and ISO 9001 certi­fi­ca­tion for its quality manage­ment system. These successes have also been reco­g­nised by inter­na­tional experts in the tyre industry. For example, Pyrum was hono­ured at the first Recircle Awards in the cate­gory Best Tyre Recy­cling Inno­va­tion and has been a fina­list for the German SME award three times in a row.