Pyrum Innovations AG achieves breakthrough in the recycling of carbon fibre reinforced plastics

  • Pyrum deve­lops first auto­mated, semi-indus­trial recy­cling plant for carbon fibre rein­forced plas­tics (CFRP)
  • This is the first time in the world that the company has achieved holi­stic recy­cling of CFRP
  • Breakth­rough opens up new market that harbours enormous growth potential

Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG (“Pyrum”, the “Company”, ISIN: DE000A2G8ZX8), a pionee­ring company that sustain­ably recy­cles used tyres with its globally patented, unique pyro­lysis tech­no­logy, has commis­sioned the first auto­mated, semi-indus­trial recy­cling plant for carbon fibre rein­forced plas­tics (CFRP) after almost four years of deve­lo­p­ment — making it the first company in the world to recycle CFRP in its enti­rety. The faci­lity is located at the main plant in Dillingen/​Saar and will serve as the foun­da­tion for the cons­truc­tion of an indus­trial plant.

This opens up another promi­sing market for Pyrum along­side the recy­cling of used tyres. Fibre-rein­forced compo­sites, which include CFRP, are used in a wide variety of areas, inclu­ding the trans­port industry in the manu­fac­ture of cars and commer­cial vehicles, in avia­tion and in public trans­port. They are also used in the cons­truc­tion, elec­tro­nics and elec­trical indus­tries. The wide range of appli­ca­tions has led to an acutely incre­asing waste problem in recent years. It is not yet possible to fully recycle CFRP in the sense of complete mate­rial utili­sa­tion. Disposal is curr­ently by means of waste inci­ne­ra­tion or land­fill. Pyrum wants to make a decisive contri­bu­tion to solving this problem in the future. Europe’s share of the global CFRP market is around 25 %, as is America’s share. Asia curr­ently accounts for around half of the global CFRP volume.

Pascal Klein, CEO of Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG: “Pyrum is committed to deve­lo­ping and promo­ting a sustainable and circular economy. In addi­tion to used tyres, we also want to contri­bute to this in the future by recy­cling CFRP. The commis­sio­ning of the first auto­mated, semi-indus­trial plant is a mile­stone for the recy­cling industry and an important step for us on our way to buil­ding the first indus­trial plant.”

The current Pyrum model has a capa­city of 1 kg of CFRP per hour. In addi­tion to the reco­vered fibres, the recy­cling process also produces pyro­lysis oil, which Pyrum already sells profi­tably to the chemical industry when recy­cling used tyres. Invest­ments in the plant to date have totalled around EUR 170 thousand, a large part of which was subsi­dised by govern­ment grants. In addi­tion to Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG, a number of other part­ners are involved in the project (“Infi­nity”) under the leader­ship of the Fraun­hofer Insti­tute for Casting, Compo­site and Proces­sing Tech­no­logy (IGCV).

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Pyrum Inno­va­tions AG
Diesel­strasse 8
66763 Dillingen
E‑mail: presse(at)pyrum.net
https://​www​.pyrum​.net

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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.