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.