Aquajet is a novel approach to recycle tires into small-enough, high-quality rubber particles for reuse in tire products.

Romain Hansen global director, Goodyear

Milled gum powder
aquajet factory

Aquajet has developed a rubber recycling technology based on a proprietary process of milling whole tires with ultra high pressure (UHP) water jets, which is an alternative to shredding. With the lowest ecological impact, the fine rubber powder produced is unarguably the best rubber recyclate available. It has a very high surface-to-weight ratio, perfectly metal and textile free, displays no surface oxidation or thermal degradation, has a high degree of homogeneity, shows outstanding revulcanization characteristics, and is PAH compliant. The product has a wide range of applicability in the rubber industry, mainly in tire production.

IDEA

Poprietary process of milling whole tires with ultra high pressure (UHP) water jets

PRODUCTS

Ability for direct revulcanization, immediate applicability in manufacturing of new rubber products, substitutes NR /synthetic components

ECOLOGICAL

With lowest ecological impact, the rubber powder produced is arguably the best rubber recyclate available

Unique process for selective production of fine rubber powder from truck tires:

  • One-step process at ambient temperature
  • Clean technology – clean product
  • Closed-chain process, no harmful output
  • Beneficial product properties
  • No surface oxidation of particles
  • Chemically active surface morphology with nanostructures
  • Extra large specific surface

Aquajet is a novel approach to recycle tires into small-enough, high-quality rubber particles for reuse in tire products. The successful scaling up of the process shows potential for the future. Recycling and more specifically recycling of tires into quality products, as opposed to heat generation, will become more important in the years to come.

Romain Hansen

global director, Goodyear

We recognize the quality of the work done to develop an optimized rubber powder and to enable its use as a raw material in rubber mixes, thus contributing to the preservation of the environment.

Jean-Claude Fauré

senior tire research specialist, Michelin

With sustainability on every tire company’s agenda, Aquajet’s technology is very much of its time. Having been steadily developed over several years, the renewed investment it received in 2015 proves that it is on the right track.

Graham Heeps

editor, Tire Technology International magazine and chairman of the judging panel

„Due to the support of the Norwegian Grants, AquaJet Ltd. has finalized their plant developments. By launching a new production line and renewing the existing ones, the plant is now capable of producing up to 770 tons of waterjet-milled rubber powder.

The project was implemented within the framework of the Norwegian Green Industry Innovation Program, the Fund received HUF 412 million in non-refundable aid to the company. The total cost of development amounted to HUF 750 million.

Through Norway Grants and EEA Grants, Norway’s purpose is to reduce social and economic disparities and strengthening of bilateral relations with the recipient countries in Europe. Norway’s contribution in the period 2009-2015 amounted to EUR 1.7 billion. The main areas of support include environmental protection and climate change, research and scholarships, civil society, health, equal opportunities for children and gender, justice and the protection of cultural heritage.”