Traiskirchen, the one-time home of Semperit is now the home of a new pyrolysis operation
Semperit Traiskirchen Site Returns to Tyres
Christian Konvalina has developed the old Semperit tyre plant site. Its scrap tyre recycling facility produces valuable raw materials – among other things for new tyres.
In Austria and Germany alone, 700,000 tons of old tyres are thrown away every year. The developer from Traiskirchen in the Baden district of Lower Austria is converting the raw material into gas, oil and recovered Carbon Black at the symbolic site of the former Semperit factory.
Where once tens of thousands of tyres from the Semperit brand rolled off the line, the resourceful environmentalist Konvalina has now pitched his production facility.
“We have developed our process here. This allows us to dismantle worn-out tyres 100 percent into their component parts and thus obtain valuable raw materials,” explains Konvalina.
“There have already been a number of attempts to develop such a solution in line with the circular economy. We’ve made the breakthrough,” says Konvalina, who appropriately named his start-up “Carbon Recovery.”
The company processes tyres and gas, oil and recovered Carbon Black are recovered from old tyre granules. The latter can be used to produce valuable materials such as rubber parts, paints, toners and even irrigation pipes. Of course, there is also material for new tyres. Initially, around 8,000 tons are to be reprocessed. However, Konvalina is still looking for investors to help grow the project.
Source: Kronen Zeitung