Michelin partner, Charles Lawrence International (CLI) is increasing consumption of end-of-life truck tyre casings which it turns into useful granulated product.

CLI’s sister company, Playtop Ltd – also CLI’s major customer for granulated tyres – has recently expanded its worldwide network of licencees. This has increased business and triggered a steep rise in demand for tyre granulate.

Michelin’s Remix remoulding process extends the life of truck tyre casing and the Encore process further enhances casing life, but there comes a time when the truck tyre casing has out lived it’s usage. The French tyre manufacturer’s policy of avoiding landfill for used tyres (granulated or otherwise) has led to the development of the partnership with Newark-based CLI.

The Nottinghamshire specialists, who also design and build tyre shredders and granulators, use the granulate to produce athletics tracks, children’s playground surfaces and sports facilities among others.

Playtop is installed under licence in a wide range of countries including Bahrain, Belgium, Channel Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain and the UAE. The Playtop product specification requires a certain type and size of tyre granulate for the base material which can only be obtained from commercial vehicle tyres such as those provided by Michelin.

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Michelin works continually with various industrial organisations researching and developing recycling processes. The granulation of used tyres is one of a portfolio of processes running currently around the globe.

The granulation process delivers 100% recyclable material. Substantial amounts of reusable steel wire are recovered from the tyre carcass and the textile cords are recovered for use in equestrian surfaces leaving the clean rubber to pass into the granulation system. Various size granules are delivered for surfacing applications around the world.

Thirty used tyres will produce 1 tonne of granulated rubber.

Athletics tracks are created by bonding the granules together using a polyurethane glue and laying the surface onto a prepared concrete foundation. The granules provide a safe, shock-free surface with long lasting wear properties.