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Biobutterfly

Manufacturing bio-sourced butadiene

Hélène Parola, Senior Vice President Materials Development at Michelin

Initiated at the end of 2012 by Michelin and its partners, IFP Energies Nouvelles and Axens, with the support of the ADEME, the BioButterfly project aims to produce butadiene from ethanol extracted from (plant) biomass, replacing butadiene produced from oil. Butadiene, along with styrene, is one of the elements in synthetic rubber, which is used in tire manufacture.

Pyrowave

Recycling plastic waste

Christophe Durand, Senior Manager Strategy & New Business at Michelin

In October 2020, Michelin and the Canadian company Pyrowave entered into a partnership to speed up the marketing of an innovative plastic waste recycling technology. This allows for increasing the rate of sustainable materials in Michelin tires, but also in other industries.

Carbios

Enzymatic recycling process

Martin Stephan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Carbios
Christophe Le-Clerc, materials expert, Carbios

In April 2021, Michelin and Carbios took a decisive step towards the 100% sustainable tire by applying the enzymatic recycling process developed by Carbios to the PET technical fibers used in tires. Thank to this revolutionary process for the infinite recycling of PET, Michelin succeeded in recreating a technical fiber using monomers from plastic waste that was depolymerized by Carbios, with the aim of creating a true circular economy.

Enviro

Recycling end-of-life tirestechnology

Sander Vermeulen, Vice President Marketing & Business Development HTM

Michelin joined forces with Enviro for the development and wide-scale industrialization of an innovative pyrolysis technology that allows end-of-life tires to be recycled. Recycling is a sizeable challenge for the tire industry and its clients. Every year, 1.6 billion tires come to the end of their lives. Thanks to this recycling technology, tires considered as used give life to new high-quality raw materials.

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The tires of the future will be 100% sustainable, throughout their entire life cycle:

  • Design: tires composed of 100% bio-sourced or recycled materials by 2050 and 40% by 2030.
  • Manufacture: net zero CO₂ emission production plants by 2050.
  • Logistics: transporting less and better and developing alternative means of transport.
  • Use: low rolling resistance, long-term performance, lessening tire wear particles and connected tires.
  • End-of-life and recycling: making today’s waste into the resources of tomorrow for tires and beyond. Michelin and Bridgestone call for structure to be given to the segment.

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