JANUARY 2012

Partnership takes on tire recycling

The German Pallmann Group, a developer and producer of size reduction technologies, has formed a partnership with Spanish company GMN, a tire recycler. Together, the two companies intend to develop, construct and sell complete plants for shredding and reprocessing vehicle tires.

Pallmann Group has been supplying GMN with the tire shredding plants since 2004. The two companies have been working together to optimize costs per ton, final product quality and output rates. The tough operating conditions at GMN provide full proof of the efficiency and reliability of the plant components. Rubber, steel and textile fractions are extracted and sorted from used car and truck tires, and the separated materials are then profitably marketed for reprocessing into various applications.

GMN and Pallmann are cooperating closely to come to the market under the Ecotrec banner. Ecotrec is a global provider of complete systems that encompass all modules necessary for recycling car and truck tires. These include shredders (Lion and Tiger units), granulators (Panther), and separators (Eco-Sep), as well as complete conveyor and control technology, including appropriate know-how. Initial focus will be on Europe and North America.

Tires that do not go directly back into retreads have until now typically been ground up and burnt on an industrial level – in cement plants for example. However, profit margins are not attractive. Ecotrec systems, on the other hand, create added-value raw materials that can be sold at attractive prices. There is a large market for the pure steel, for example, while the high-quality, pure rubber fraction can be produced in different, easy-to-process granule sizes that can be sold at interesting prices directly to producers of tires or other products. Other applications, such as the use of the rubber granules as aggregate in asphalt mixtures, offer sales opportunities that are interesting on both economic and technical levels.