Bolder Industries and Kleenair Partner Up

Bolder Black

Bolder Industries partners with Kleenair to offer pyrolysis process that offers quality and consistency.

Kleenair and Bolder Industries Partnership Looks to Bright Future

Bolder Industries have announced an exclusive partnership agreement with Kleenair Industrial Products Co to be the first speciality manufacturer of pyrolysis equipment to produce consistent, on-spec, high-quality Bolder Black, reusable syngas and multiple cuts of oil. Bolder Black is the charter product for Bolder Industries and replaces petroleum-derived carbon black in creating the most sustainable plastic and rubber products globally. The IP for the technology is co-owned by Kleenair Industrial Products and Bolder Industries.

Recognising that Kleenair built its first tyre pyrolysis system in 1983 and has been commercial since then was a factor in choosing who to partner with. The basis of Kleenair's technology, bolstered by sophisticated clients including Aerospace and Defense, which have spec beyond our needs, and their ability to provide equipment that produces consistently at very high temperatures to create or modify products, is unprecedented.

"This opens the doors wide open for advanced new product development and category innovation. Having a partner like Kleenair, which has experience in solving problems and delivering applications across industries, means we now have design, technology manufacturing, product development, end product manufacture, and sales all under one roof. The collective intelligence will help us move the entire sustainable rubber and plastics industry forward. Partnering with our customers and the industry in unique ways serves our Vision to reduce GHG's, water and energy consumption and create local jobs," said Tony Wibbeler, CEO Bolder Industries.

Each Kleenair x Bolder Industries proprietary pyrolysis system can process 1.5 tons of scrap rubber per hour and convert it into Bolder Black and multiple cuts of clean oil with greater than 85% uptime and achieve greater than 95% on-spec product based on the current equipment.

Steve Gee, President and Owner of Kleenair, added, "We've had our eyes on Bolder Industries since 2012 and were waiting to see if they would be the ones to crack the code. Over the past decade, we have met with dozens of teams attempting to do what Bolder Industries has achieved. In 2017, it became clear that Bolder Industries' progress, plant, business model, successful applications, and the team were ready. Fast forward to today, our engineering and technology teams were blown away by how ready the Bolder Industries team was -- even commissioning was 30% faster than standards."

"We've been designing, engineering, and manufacturing custom furnaces and ovens for 50 years, so when your advanced engineering team gets this excited about a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to respond to a fast-growing industry, you get a partnership agreement in place. This partnership will start with advanced pyrolysis but clearly has manufacturing potential far beyond that. Wibbeler and his team have cracked the code on rCB by perfecting Bolder Black," added Gee.

The first Kleenair x Bolder Industries speciality pyrolysis system is already in place and operating near capacity at the Bolder Industries Maryville, Montana plant. Subsequent systems roll out in 2020 at the Bolder Industries Maryville Facility, as well as new Bolder Industries' sited and permitted plants, one in Europe and another in the Midwest United States.

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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