Pictured above, seated from left: Enviro’s CEO Thomas Sörensson and Vanlead Group Chairman Fu Shoujie sign a memorandum of understanding for a new tyre recycling plant in Guangzhou, China.
The Guangzhou, China, state-owned Vanlead Group, southern China’s largest tyre manufacturer, has announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Sweden-based Enviro Systems AB. The agreement is the first step in the process of creating a turnkey recycling plant in China, with construction slated to start in 2017.
Vanlead says it will use Enviro’s reclaimed carbon black material in its tyre production, which will produce 30,000 tonnes of tyres annually.
Enviro CEO Thomas Sörensson says, “Vanlead wants to take the initiative in the industry and use Enviro’s reclaimed carbon black material in its tyre production on a massive scale. A first plant is currently on the drawing board. This plant will have the capacity to handle 30,000 tonnes of tyres every year and will supply Vanlead’s various production units across China.”
Enviro says it signed the memorandum with the Vanlead Group as a first step toward creating a new recycling facility in Guangdong. The agreement is the outcome of positive results from demanding tests of rubber mixtures intended for tyres that the Vanlead Group performed on Enviro’s materials.
“The intention of both parties is to start building a turnkey recycling plant already in 2017. Our ambition is to conclude the negotiations over the summer. The plant will follow the basic design that we developed with ÅF and that is now ready,” Sörensson says.
“I’m convinced that Enviro’s unique production technology for sustainable materials is the future for the tyre industry,” says Fu Shoujie, Vanlead Group chairman.
The Vanlead Group says its work spans multiple business areas, where tyre production represents a strategic area domestically and internationally. The company is one of the world’s largest tyre manufacturers and exports tyres to Europe, the United States and other parts of the world.
Sörensson adds, “Lately, we’ve received positive feedback from several international tyre producers that have performed tests on our reclaimed carbon black material. China is the world’s largest market for tyres, rubber and carbon black. There is great awareness that raw materials are limited, and state-owned Vanlead is the first to exhibit this high level of ambition. These are all positive indicators.”