Tyre Recycling Solutions S.A. (TRS) of Préverenges, Switzerland and Asphalt Plus, LLC of Barrington, IL, USA have announced that they have signed a joint technology development and marketing agreement. This collaboration will permit the manufacture and sale of Elastiko Engineered Crumb Rubber (ECR) – a chemically engineered recycled tyre rubber additive used in both paving and roofing applications produced at TRS facilities for sale to global markets.
Asphalt Plus LLC and Tyre Recycling Solutions SA Sign Agreement
The product will be marketed by TRS under the globally registered trademark TyreXol
Elastiko ECR technology has been developed by Asphalt Plus, LLC since the early 2000s as a part of an engineered application system called “Dry Process Rubber.” Elastiko ECR has been used to modify millions of tons of asphalt mix in the US, and these modified mixes have been used on thousands of miles of heavy and medium traffic roads.
TRS builds solutions for the processing and recycling of scrap tyres through the development and implementation of innovative technologies. The company is deploying the technologies globally in a series of regional processing facilities. Elastiko ECR will allow TRS to vertically integrate their licensed tyre recycling business by providing recycled rubber products to the asphalt paving and roofing markets.
ECR additions make asphalt pavements more durable, and they are significantly less expensive than other additives commonly added to extend asphalt pavement life. This technology has been used in more than five million tons of asphalt mix placed on almost ten thousand miles of North American highways and streets. The product is easy to use and popular with industry. ECR pavements are field-tested and durable. As a result, Elastiko ECR has been adopted and specified by multiple US transportation agencies, and once specified, has been rapidly and deeply penetrating the paving market. In the eyes of the pavement industry, Elastiko ECR is a disruptive technology.
TRS and Asphalt Plus LLC are now working together to introduce and expand the ECR technology use in both Europe and Asia. More than five paving projects are already either scheduled or are already completed in Europe, with many more expected. This collaboration intends to significantly expand the consumption of scrap tyre rubber by making better, less expensive roads. Large volume demand for scrap tyre rubber will further improve financial performance for TRS-licensed recycling operations. More recycling of scrap tyres will reduce potential environmental impacts from disposed scrap tyres, helping to make tyre manufacturing, scrap tyre recycling and paving industries more sustainable.