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HERA and Lehigh Technologies collaborate to bring micronized rubber powder to Europe

In a move that will accelerate the global adoption of sustainable materials across Europe, HERA Holding, a Spanish waste-to-resource company, and Lehigh Technologies Inc., a sustainable materials company, have entered into a partnership that will provide micronized rubber powder (MRP) for the tire, consumer and industrial plastics and coatings industries in Europe.

Through the partnership Lehigh will work with HERA’s Navarra-based subsidiary Indugarbi NFU to expand the company’s geographic reach into the important industrial markets of Europe. The combination of Lehigh’s technical leadership in MRP with Hera’s experience in bringing new materials into industrial supply chains will enable adoption of the these sustainable products by a broad range of industries in Europe.

Lehigh Technologies’ cryogenic turbo mill technology transforms end-of-life tire and post-industrial rubber into a lower cost, sustainable replacement for synthetic polymers and associated rubber compounds for use in tires and a wide variety of other high performance rubber products.

MRPs lower costs, increase the sustainability profile of end products and deliver performance without sacrificing the reliability and performance offered by traditional raw materials. Lehigh’s customer base includes 5 of the top 10 largest tire companies in the world – over 140 million tires have been manufactured using Lehigh’s MRP. This partnership will bring MRP to Europe with Hera Holding adapting its recycling plant in Navarra, Spain to allow for the production of MRP.