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Tag Archives: Sustainability
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…..
By GEOFFREY YEOW
TYRES. They are on our cars, buses, trucks and motorcycles. Yet, how many of us actually know what happens to them once they outlive their usefulness?
The issue of scrap tyre recycling is often placed down the pecking order after the primary worries of illegal logging, open burning and other forms of pollution. Granted, they may form only a small part of our lives but stacking these unwanted rings of rubber up into a pile will give a sense of what many nations are struggling to deal with – or get rid of.
The smell of a burning tire is unforgettably putrid, but so far recycling technology has been unable to resurrect dead wheels. Millions and millions get discarded every year. Now a Malaysian startup says they have an answer. Read More
Moving aggressively forward in our work with tyre manufacturers in 2011. While we may be at varying stages of evaluation with several tyre manufacturers globally we are breaking into 2011 straight into tyre building trials with a major producer. This effectively means a fast forward in terms of our move to addressing the global scrap tyre problem while establishing the SRI Compound Masterbatch as a standard industrial raw material.
Devulcanized content in tires will not be about fillers and the proportions will be measured against total compound and not against raw rubber content, moving towards substantial volumes and huge strides in Cleantech. The market for fine powders will also see a major change as if they are able to maintain feedstock and purity they will suddenly become raw material of choice for devulcanization with their volumes taking a major increase with year round offtake and far less dependence on state subsidies.
The 12th of October 2010 was an interesting day, there we were signing our agreement with the MRB (Malaysian Rubber Board) at the same time as agreements were being signed with MARDEC and FELDA represented by their CEO’s. While it was nice to be operating on the same level as these enormous companies, it really augurs well for the planned collaboration with us as they are taking us seriously as a cleantech solution provider and a leader in tyre recycling/devulcanization. With this formal agreement which was hammered out with the support of their dynamic Director General, Dr. Salmiah Ahmad, the Rubber Board has effectively made a substantive commitment to support the development of recycling technologies. The agreement provides us with the requisite priority in using their equipment, provides for fast turnaround in testing and general collaboration in terms of applications.