Black Bear Roll-out

Black Bear and MMEC Mannesmann join Forces

MMEC Mannesmann to work with roll-out of Black Bear’s Tyre-To-Carbon-Black Technology

Using Mannesmann's EPC capabilities to build plants that produce Cradle-to-Cradle ™ certified Carbon Black (rCB) from end-of-life tyres

Mannesmann GmbH (MMEC), a global leader in Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) and Black Bear, the Dutch Tyre-to-Carbon-Black-Upcycling-Company has announced a strategic partnership to accelerate the rollout of Black Bear’s technology to produce recovered Carbon Black (rCB) from end-of-life tyres.

MMEC Mannesmann is well known for executing complex projects in the oil, gas, refining, chemical and renewables industries. Being involved in highly innovative and large-scale engineering projects worldwide MMEC is the ideal strategic partner for Black Bear in the rollout of the technology.

Black Bear is a leading manufacturer of green, sustainable rCB of highest quality – world’s first Cradle-to-Cradle™ certified Carbon Black. The Dutch scale-up, one of the most promising cleantech companies worldwide, developed a unique carbonisation process to transform used tyres into valuable resources.

While Carbon Black currently is produced by burning oil in a very energy-intensive and CO2-emitting process, manufacturers are looking for sustainable alternatives to reduce their environmental footprint. One of Black Bear’s clients is AkzoNobel, the world leader in paints and coatings. “To meet the growing demand for rCB and receive a substantial impact to meet the waste tyre problem we need to rollout our proven technology”, explains Joost Raimond, Construction Director at Black Bear. “Being in the EPC industry for many years, I know that the partnership with MMEC is a game-changer in our time-to-market as we now can offer real turn-key plant realisation to clients who want to use our technology.”

As part of the strategic partnership MMEC will perform the detailed engineering, procurement and construction of Black Bear’s innovative facilities. Johann-Georg Rathgeb, Head of Technologies of MMEC Mannesmann says: “Black Bear’s proven technology is highly promising. We have been closely monitoring their technology developments for quite some time now. Considering the lessons learned of their first industrial sized pilot-plant and despite the fire that happened in early February, we are convinced that together we can realize state of the art plants across the globe”.

Oliver Apelt, CEO of MMEC Mannesmann said,“We are delighted about this partnership with Black Bear. We carry strong belief in their technology and look forward to rolling it out around the world.”

Martijn Lopes Cardozo, CEO of Black Bear added, “This is a big step forward for Black Bear. Bundling ourselves with MMEC’s expertise and resources will set a high pace in our global rollout and bring the circular economy to tyres.”

About the author

Ewan has been editor of Retreading Business since 2006 and of Tyre & Rubber Recycling since the magazine was founded. During this period he has become an expert on the global tyre recycling sector. He has many years' experience as an automotive journalist including a period at Tyres & Accessories.

 

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