Wastefront Recycling Plant Creates a Complete Supply Chain for Used Tyres

Norwegian company Wastefront AS is set to revolutionise the tyre recycling industry with its new recycling plant in the North East.

The company has created a complete supply chain for used tyres after signing an agreement to sell one of its main products. The plant, located at the Port of Sunderland, is capable of processing up to 80,000 tonnes of tyres annually.

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May 11, 2023

Norwegian company Wastefront AS is set to revolutionise the tyre recycling industry with its new recycling plant in the North East. The company has created a complete supply chain for used tyres after signing an agreement to sell one of its main products. The plant, located at the Port of Sunderland, is capable of processing up to 80,000 tonnes of tyres annually.

Wastefront was established four years ago in Oslo by Christian A. Hvamstad, a former student of Sunderland University. Its mission is to create useful commodities for manufacturing industries from old tyres. The latest agreement signed by the firm is set to achieve a fully circular supply chain for the UK's end-of-life tyres.

How the Wastefront site will look at Port of Sunderland (Image: Wastefront)

The agreement is with Weber & Schaer, one of Europe’s largest distributors of carbon products. The firm has signed a strategic offtake and on-sale agreement for Wastefront’s Recovered Carbon Black (rCB), which is a product made from recycled tyres. Under the deal, Weber & Schaer will take a minimum of 35% of the rCB produced at the plant, with the potential to increase in the future.

Aerial view of the port with site highlighted (Image: Wastefront)

Wastefront is committed to creating renewable fuels from end-of-life tyres and rCB, alongside the rubber and plastic products produced by Weber & Schaer’s clients. The company aims to create a green global industrial platform, and with this latest deal, it is close to achieving this goal. Weber & Schaer specialises in rubber, carbon black, plastic, and adhesives distribution and has nine warehouses across Europe. This means that Wastefront’s solution will benefit the global circular economy as it expands into new markets and increases capacity.

The production of rCB is vital, especially given the EU sanctions that limit the import of carbon black from Russia. Wastefront has already signed a number of agreements to develop a new, global circular supply chain. These include a 10-year offtake agreement with energy and commodities company Vitol for the production of liquid hydrocarbons and certain non-liquid products. The company has also signed an agreement with French engineering and technology firm Technip Energies, as its engineering, procurement, and construction partner for the Sunderland plant buildout.

Wastefront has also signed agreements with Gateway Resources and UK-based electric vehicle tire manufacturer ENSO to provide a recycling outlet for its used tyres.

Vianney Vales, CEO of Wastefront, said that the agreement with Weber & Schaer is a decisive step towards the company's goal of ending the pollution caused by end-of-life tyres. "In times of unrest in Europe where the historic supply chain of rCB has been challenged, this agreement gives the UK a world-leading position in the supply of rCB as well as in solving this waste issue," he added. "We are proud to be at the forefront of such an industrial revolution. This deal is a game-changing agreement for us as we build out our green global industrial platform.”

Wastefront's tire recycling plant in Sunderland is a significant step towards creating a sustainable future for the tyre industry. With the company's commitment to creating a fully circular supply chain for end-of-life tyres, it is leading the way in revolutionising the industry. The agreement with Weber & Schaer is just one example of Wastefront's determination to create a green global industrial platform. With its innovative approach to recycling, the company is set to make a significant contribution to the circular economy, benefiting both the environment and industry.


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