The ReMould project will conduct research into the development of a novel, scalable, industrial process for the continuous production of high quality re-processable rubber compound, derived from end-of-life vulcanised rubbers (e.g. EPDM, Nitrile, and SBR).
The principal aims of the project are to:
- Develop the de-vulcanised tyre rubber for the re-treading of passenger and truck tyres.
- Improve processibility to enable extruded rubber profile to be produced.
- Successfully scale up the process via the acquisition of large-scale process equipment.
ReMould will enable rubber recyclers to increase the value of recycled rubber and provide the opportunity to enter many key rubber sectors for the manufacture of high value end products. In addition, the process will provide significant economic benefits to rubber compounders and moulders, whilst contributing to the environment by minimising tyre waste.
ReMould builds upon the work undertaken within the TSB funded DevulCO2 project which successfully developed a continuous de-vulcanisation system for the production of de-vulcanised rubber from waste tyres. ReMould will increase the market available to the process by transferring the technology to other waste rubber products (e.g. EPDM automotive weatherstrip) and so expand the range of goods that can be manufactured from the de-vulcanised rubber.