Tires always have been a safety-critical connection that links vehicles to roadways. Now, thanks to circularity and ingenuity, tires can take on new safety-critical applications in their second life. As plastics.
With support from two key suppliers, Stuttgart, Germany-based Mercedes-Benz AG is relying on a process that allows scrap-tire-derived pyrolysis oil to yield virgin-quality plastic. And it hopes to begin using parts made from the plastic material in auto production as early as this year.
According to Mercedes-Benz, this is the first time that tire-derived pyrolysis oil has been combined with biomethane. And the result, the companies say, is a sustainable solution that not only reduces the use of fossil fuels and the overall carbon footprint of the resulting plastic, it marks the first time that a recycled plastic has achieved the same characteristics as virgin plastic made from crude oil.