A high efficiency tyre recycling plant has officially been opened in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi. The system line can process up to 8,000 kilograms of old tyres per hour, making it the largest in the United Arab Emirates. The produced granulate of sizes between 0.5 - 4 mm conforms to the highest quality standard.
The recycling plant from the manufacturer Eldan Recycling, Denmark, has been marketed by Ferrostaal. As part of the comprehensive service package for the plant-operator OMNIX, Ferrostaal secures financing for the purchase of the equipment.
There are several million old tyres in Abu Dhabi, many of them in unmanaged landfills. Because of the high fire hazard, the tyres represent a threat to health and the environment. Beside the efforts to minimize the risks for the environment in Abu Dhabi and the UAE as a whole, recycling is increasingly seen as an innovative business opportunity. Currently less than 1% of all waste is recycled. The new tyre recycling plant in Al Ain will in future make a major contribution to the expansion of recycling activities planned by the Centre of Waste Management, Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
In the recycling plant, the old tyres are shredded, further downsized and sorted in a number of steps before the valuable rubber granulate (99.9% free of steel and textile) emerges as the end product. The plant can process waste tyres without costly pre-treatment and can be expanded in terms of capacity and end product output. The market potential for the rubber granulates is high: Possible finished products from rubber granulate are surfaces for sports fields and playgrounds, insulating material for noise insulation or hoses for the under soil irrigation of plants. The rubber granulate can also be used as an additive to asphalt for road construction.
“This region, including the entire United Arab Emirates, is expanding faster than any other market globally. Not just expanding fast, but they are also a world leader in adopting new technologies, and ideas. We are therefore extra happy about installing a complete top modern tyre recycling system here” says Dr. Toni Reftman, Managing Director of Eldan Recycling A/S.
“We are continuing to expand the trading activities and services for recycling plants in the region. We provide support to our customers through comprehensive consulting and services, covering everything from the project development and financing to commissioning, training and maintenance of the machinery,” explains Bernd Ahlmann, responsible for the business segment Trading at Ferrostaal AG. Through the subsidiary Ferrostaal Equipment Solutions FZE in Dubai / UAE, Ferrostaal is well-positioned in the region. The company supplies plants for the recycling of waste tyres, cable, aluminium and magnesium scrap, as well as refrigerator and electrical scrap. In the field of environmental technology, Ferrostaal also supplies plants for industrial water treatment and odour neutralisation.