Clean tech company Black Bear has entered into a strategic partnership with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm MMEC Mannesmann (MMEC) to accelerate the roll-out of its breakthrough technology to produce recovered Carbon Black (rCB) from end-of-life tires.

Black Bear has developed a unique carbonisation process to transform used tires into valuable resources.

The rCB is Cradle-to-CradleTM certified and is already used by major clients, including AkzoNobel. 

As part of the partnership, MMEC will perform the detailed EPC of Black Bear’s innovative facilities.

The initial focus will be on already identified sites together with partners inside Europe. Given MMEC’s strong presence in the Middle East, this region will also see Black Bear facilities emerging in the future.

“To meet the growing demand for rCB and receive a substantial impact to meet the waste tire problem, we need to roll-out our proven technology,” explained Joost Raimond, Construction Director at Black Bear.

“Being in the EPC industry for many years, I know that the partnership with MMEC is a game-changer in our time-to-market as we now can offer real turn-key plant realisation to clients who want to use our technology.”

Johann-Georg Rathgeb, Head of Technologies of MMEC Mannesmann, added, “Black Bear’s proven technology is highly promising. We have been closely monitoring their technology developments for quite some time now.”

“Considering the lessons learned of their first industrial sized pilot-plant and despite the fire that happened in early February, we are convinced that together we can realise state-of-the-art plants across the globe.”

Who is Black Bear?

Black Bear is a green, recovered carbon black (rCB) manufacturer that produces carbon black using end-of-life tires instead of fossil oil as a resource material.

Black Bear chooses to change the industry with breakthrough technology and with passionate people; because it believes it can save considerable amounts of CO2 in the carbon black market, solve the waste-tire problem and operate a profitable business at the same time.

Carbon black is a crucial component in rubber, plastics, inks and paints and is used to modify their properties into usable products. Almost everything you see around you that is black in colour has carbon black in it.

Black Bear plans to lead the transition towards a circular economy for tires by rolling out hundreds of tire upcycling plants with local partners around the world, focusing on Europe for its next plants.

When it reaches its full potential of repurposing every end-of-life tire with its circular solution, Black Bear will reduce global annual oil consumption by more than 215 million barrels.

After six years of testing and two years production experience, Black Bear is now ready to roll-out its concept worldwide and start producing on large commercial scale.