Tire-cycling Revolution: AIMPLAS Puts the Rubber to the Road for Sustainable Construction!
Aimplas, also known as the Plastics Technology Centre, is a research institute based in Spain that specializes in the development of innovative solutions for the plastics industry. Since its establishment in 1990, Aimplas has been at the forefront of research and development in plastics, providing technical assistance, training, and conducting cutting-edge projects to promote sustainability and improve the performance of plastic materials.
One of Aimplas' ongoing projects is the RECICAUTXU Project, which aims to address the environmental challenges associated with the management of end-of-life tires (ELTs). In Spain alone, over 176,000 tonnes of ELTs are collected each year, presenting a significant environmental concern. Dumping ELTs in landfills not only leads to the proliferation of insects and rodents but also poses a risk of fire, causing environmental and health hazards in nearby areas.
In response to this issue, Aimplas is working on developing industrial processes to transform ELTs into new, high-quality composite materials suitable for use in the construction industry. By utilizing devulcanized rubber particles extracted from ELTs and other cross-linked materials, Aimplas aims to create sustainable films, sheets, and profiles with enhanced properties. These materials can be used in various construction applications and materials, providing more sustainable alternatives to traditional products.
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