Kazakhstan Tyre Recycling Plant Reopens in Astana

p>Production at Kazakhstan’s only tyre recycling plant has begun rolling again after being shut down for two years.

The German equipment and technologies used at the plant can allow up to 32,000 tons of raw material to be processed annually.

Because the plant was out of commission for two years, the company could not pay its debts. In order to actualise the project, a loan of more than $6.5 million from the Development Bank of Kazakhstan was taken. Baiterek Holding and the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs decided to write off 330 million tenge (US$1.78 million) of the plant’s debt as part of the restructuring programme.

In processing used tyres, the plant produces three products: rubber crumb, high-alloy steel and rayon. The rubber crumb is used to cover playgrounds and in sports fields, stadiums and artificial turf. They are also used in the production of railroad crossing plates, manhole covers, pavements and more. The company currently employs 25 people. The plant is looking to expand its staff to 90 employees.

According to recent statistics, around 300,000 tyres are disposed of in Kazakhstan every year.

About the author

David is the Owner and Publisher of Retreading Business. With over 30 years' experience as a specialist tyre industry journalist, he first entered the tyre industry in 1987 as Editor of Tyres & Accessories. He was Editor of Tyre Trade News between 1993-96 before establishing Retreading Business in 1997. In 2004 he acquired the Malaysian tyre magazine The Tyreman, before establishing Tyre & Rubber Recycling in 2009. In addition to his publishing ventures, he was also Director of the Retread Manufacturers' Association between 2004 and 2014.

Email: david.wilson@retreadingbusiness.com

Phone: (44) 1270 668 718

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