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From Scrap to Wealth – Rubber Asia March -April 2011

RUBBER ASIA MARCH – APRIL  2011

It did not come as a surprise when Sekhar Research Innovations (SRI) Sdn Bhd won the cleantech innovation award from the international technology consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan. SRI’s devulcanising process, which is a closed-loop rubber recycling solution that can match the volume requirements of rubber manufacturing, is not only an environment-friendly process but also holds out great commercial value.
SRI, founded by the doyen of modern rubber technology the late Tan Sri Dr BC Sekhar, is a renowned  R&D firm working on  ecological reuse of end-of-life tyres and waste rubber  to produce premium tyres.
It won the Asia Pacific award in recognition of its technology’s uniqueness that will have a defining impact on new products, applications, functionality and customer value. The technology transforms the recycling of scrap rubber into a volume-based and industrially scalable process, said SRI CEO Gopinath B Sekhar in an interview.
“Our solution provides for substantial economies of scale by having a modular, high-volume processing system that lends itself to a very high-level of consistency in performance,” he said.
“Further, our energy footprint is lower than any other available devulcanisation technology and we have zero discharge.”
This is the first time that an eco-friendly technology will be able to match the sheer volume of tyre wastes generated in a way that is economically viable without relying on subsidies.
“Frost’s innovation award was a welcome validation of our efforts and achievements thus far,” Sekhar explained.
The product from SRI, which was a start-up based in the Malaysian city Petaling Jaya and is currently engaged in   commercialising its process by opening a production facility in Malaysia, is a viable recycling solution that can address the problems of scrap tyres globally.
Sekhar said the world produces tyres in excess of 1 billion units yearly valued at more than US$130 billion. But scrapping them poses a major environmental hazard because it is difficult to dispose end-of-life tyres. It has been found that the option of producing tyre derived fuel by incinerating them is a global public health concern.   More…..

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