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H2020-FTIPilot-2016. Búsqueda de socio industrial para desarrollar un proceso de desvulcanización de recursos valiosos de caucho industrial procedentes de neumáticos


Búsqueda de socios
Un centro tecnológico español está preparando una propuesta que será presentada a la convocatoria del piloto "Vía rápida a la innovación" del programa H2020. El objetivo es reciclar caucho de neumáticos fuera de uso (NFU) para poder utilizarlo en la fabricación industrial de artículos de caucho, como suelas de zapatos, juntas, etc. El consorcio busca un fabricante de caucho que disponga de infraestructuras para elaborar masterbatches de caucho y formulaciones para vulcanización. La fecha límite de la convocatoria es el 16 de marzo de 2016 y el plazo para presentar expresiones de interés finaliza el 1 de marzo.


H2020-FTIPilot-2016. Industrial partner sought for development of a devulcanization process for industrial valuable rubber resource from tyres
A technological centre from Spain is preparing a project proposal to be submitted to H2020-Fast Track to Innovation Pilot call. The aim of this project is to recycle rubber from End of Life Tyres (ELTs) and make it suitable for its use in industrial manufacturing of some rubber goods, such as shoe sole, gaskets.... The consortium is searching for an industrial partner. It must be a rubber compounder with infrastructure to elaborate rubber masterbatches and formulations for further vulcanization.
Global competition for resources is increasing. Supply concentration of resources, particularly critical raw materials outside the European Union, makes European industry and society dependent on imports and increasingly vulnerable to high prices, market volatility, and the political situation in supplying countries. These are the circumstances of EU producers of rubber goods, which are the third world consumers in virgin and synthetic rubber. Currently there isn´t any industrial real solution that allows reuse the End of Life Tyres (ELT) rubber as an industrial raw material to manufacture vulcanized products, loosing high potential to replace raw rubber in a lot of industrial applications.

The main objective of the project is to develop a devulcanization pilot prototype process as well as the development of suitable formulas for its industrial application in rubber industry processes.

The main difficulty for the ELT recycle is due to the inner structure that generates the vulcanization process for tyre manufacture. Vulcanization is a process whereby virgin and synthetic rubber, in sulfur and heat presence, becomes stiffer and confers desired shape. This process creates a three-dimensional net, some C-H bonds are replaced by new C-S bonds, linking up polymeric chains. The cured rubber is thermosetting and this is irreversible if the crosslink sulfur bonds are not removed.

Existing recycling processes which achieve the scission of sulfur cross-link bonds also induce polymer chain degradation, causing loss of mechanical properties and thus limiting the usefulness. This project results will allow breaking sulfur bonds selectively, obtaining a rubber source with properties similar to the raw rubber, and making it suitable for its use as a raw material in the manufacturing of a lot of rubber goods.

The project will be submitted to the first cut-off of Fast Track to Innovation 2016 call under Horizon 2020 Programme.

The project already has 2 industrial partners and 2 research organizations.

The consortium is searching for an European industrial partner to carry out formulations of recycled rubber, neither Spanish nor Belgian.


Official deadline for the call: 15 March 2016.
Deadline for the expression of interest: 1 March 2016.
Anticipated duration of the project: 24 months.

Advantages and Innovations:
This project represents a great market opportunity since the output product will fulfil a market demand not currently covered. The consortium will develop a new technology that starting from an abundant feedstock will offer a stable price and good quality rubber recycled source to the rubber goods manufacturers which could partially replace raw rubber regular sources.
Stage of Development:
Proposal under development
Technical Specification or Expertise Sought:
The company sought must elaborate masterbatches of rubber recycled from End-of-life tyres and raw rubber in order to create formulations for further re-vulcanization to manufacture rubber goods such as shoe sole, gaskets, conveyor belts, tubes,pipes, sheet and tyres retreading.

IPR Status:
Secret Know-how

Partner sought

Partner Sought:
The consortium is searching for an european industrial partner, neither Spanish nor Belgian. It is highly recommended to have a wide European sales net and also at international level. Its role will be to carry out formulations of recycled rubber in order to produce customized masterbatches to offer to their clients.
Type of Partnership Considered:


Type and Size of Client:
R-Y-D Institution
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:



Evaluation Scheme:
Continuous submission scheme
Anticipated Project Budget:
Up to 2 million -Y-euro;
Coordinator Required:
Deadline for Call:
Project Duration:
Project title and Acronym:
Devulcanization process for industrial valuable rubber resource from tyres. VALUE-RUBBER