Pyrum Innovations honoured with the MATERIALICA Award 2022

Dillingen /​Saar, 7 October 2022 — Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG (“Pyrum”) has won the MATERIALICA Design + Tech­no­logy Award 2022 toge­ther with BASF SE, Mercedes-Benz AG and WITTE Auto­mo­tive GmbH. The jury presented the four compa­nies with the Best of Award in the Mate­rial cate­gory for the inno­va­tive new door handles for the Mercedes S‑Class and EQE, in the produc­tion of which fossil raw mate­rials are replaced by biome­thane and pyro­lysis oil from recy­cled old tyres. Toge­ther, this closes the mate­rial cycle and actively promotes the deve­lo­p­ment of inno­va­tive recy­cling processes.

Pascal Klein, CEO of Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG: “We are delighted to receive this award. It is a confir­ma­tion for the entire team that has worked tire­lessly on this deve­lo­p­ment. Pooling our exper­tise to mini­mise the consump­tion of natural resources and use as many recy­cled raw mate­rials as possible in produc­tion is another important mile­stone towards a sustainable circular economy.”

To close the recy­cling loop for used tyres, Pyrum produces pyro­lysis oil from used tyres using its own inno­va­tive pyro­lysis process. BASF then feeds this into its Verbund at the start of produc­tion. In addi­tion, BASF utilises biome­thane from agri­cul­tural waste, a rene­wable raw mate­rial. The two raw mate­rials are used to produce a comple­tely new plastic. The combi­na­tion of pyro­lysis oil from used tyres and biome­thane is being used for the first time as part of the colla­bo­ra­tion between Pyrum, BASF, Mercedes-Benz and WITTE. The plastic is certi­fied accor­ding to the so-called “mass balance method”: An inde­pen­dent certi­fi­ca­tion confirms that the partner has replaced the quan­ti­ties of fossil resources required for the end product with rene­wable raw mate­rials and pyro­lysis oil from recy­cled old tyres.

The use of secon­dary mate­rials reduces both the use of fossil resources and the CO2 foot­print in the manu­fac­tu­ring process. The inno­va­tive recy­cled plastic ther­e­fore has the same proper­ties as new plastic made from fossil raw mate­rials for the first time. This makes chemical recy­cling parti­cu­larly suitable for the produc­tion of compon­ents that are subject to high quality and safety requirements.

Pyrum Innovations honoured with the MATERIALICA Award 2022

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Frederic Hilke
Tel: +49 221 9140 970
E‑mail: pyrum(at)

Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG
Diesel­strasse 8
66763 Dillingen
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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.