The Netherlands: Powder Coatings Carbon Black Harvested from Old Tyres
In a new cooperation between Akzo Nobel and Dutch company Black Bear, tyres that have reached the end of the road are being harvested for carbon black and used to produce powder coatings.
Amsterdam/The Netherlands — The Cradle-to-Cradle certified carbon black supplied by Black Bear — which is obtained from end-of-life tyres — is being used as pigment in the eco-premium products developed by Akzo Nobel's Powder Coatings business. With this cooperation the manufacturer not only uses carbon black, traditionally obtained from fossil fuels, with a vastly lower CO2 footprint, but also helps to solve the global waste tyre problem, the company announced.
Powder coatings are an inherently sustainable product as they contain no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and produce virtually no waste. The majority of products supplied through the Dutch speciality chemicals company's Interpon brand also qualify as eco-premium.
In addition to announcing the agreement, the two companies will also work together to find additional applications for Black Bear's certified carbon black.
"We encourage more suppliers to work with us and collectively contribute to develop more sustainable product solutions," said André Veneman, Akzo Nobel's Director of Sustainability.