FAQ. Frequently asked. Easily Answered.

Just to name three:

1) More profits or market share. By providing our customers with a more affordable alternative to traditional carbon black, we also offer them the opportunity to capture greater profits (by reducing their costs), or to capture greater market share (by allowing them to lower their own prices).

2) Greater accuracy in modeling their cost structure. Our prices are uncoupled from the price of oil. Therefore our prices will not exhibit as much volatility as that of traditional carbon black prices.

3) Increased sustainability. We provide a market solution to the problem of scrap tires. For every year that one of our plants operate, our customers rescue 12,000 tons of tires from being disposed in ways that pollute and don’t generate the most value.

In parallel, our customers avoid the consumption of 4,500 tons of oil which would have been used in traditional production. In addition, they avoid 6,300 tons of CO2 emissions from the combustion of tires and oil.

Recovered carbon black (rCB) has a broader distribution of particle sizes. In addition, rCB may include some amount of ash. rCB also has numerous characteristics that permit it to be used as a viable substitute for traditional carbon black in numerous applications.

Yes. We are extremely focused on maintaining the quality of our feedstock. All batches are tested by our quality control department to ensure that the specifications are within our stringent range.

We are a ‘product’ company. Our product is recovered carbon black.

We do not license our technology from a third party, nor do we sell our IP. We chose to develop our technology in-house because, in this industry, most companies that license technology lose part of the operational know-how required to develop products that actually work for customers.

For parties interested in our technology, we are open to joint ventures and to partnerships.

cct has been operating at an industrial scale since 2012 and has been shipping to recurring customers across Europe since then.

This is a possibility depending on the type of polymer, and the type of carbon black being replaced. However, our products are also effective when used as a partial substitute.

In short, we subject post-consumer rubber to a process that breaks the material down into gasses and solids. Both the solids and the gasses are then further processed. The solids are separated into our rCB, which we then process accordingly to whatever grade we intend to produce, and metals. The metals are compressed. The gasses are condensed, washed, and converted into oil. In the end we are left with less than 2% waste – the alternative carbon black, oil and metals are all sold as products.

As growth in global demand for oil continues to out-pace the growth in supply, the price curve of oil will soon resemble a hockey stick, with oil prices shifting from gradual increases over time, to a sharp upward increase in a short period of time. Given that oil is the main feedstock used in traditional production of carbon black, their pricing curves are highly correlated. Becoming oil independent is not a realistic scenario in the short or medium term. However, relieving pressure on demand for oil can prevent the pricing of oil to hit the hockey stick upward tick.

Our price quotations vary depending on the grade and the distance that the product travels. Further, we offer special prices for volumes, and to our business partners. For inquiries, please contact our Business Development Manager.

Not necessarily. We are extremely particular about the type of material that we utilize as feedstock. All cct suppliers need to undergo a rigorous validation process to determine their ability to meet our high quality materials specifications.

We currently have five grades, which differ mostly on their surface area. We have provided this breadth of options to satisfy the variety of applications in which our customers are using our products. As our product development advances, and customers express new interests we will endeavor to continuously develop new grades.

All our grades are pelletized, as per industry standard.

We can send you a sample. If you are interested in receiving a sample, or reviewing our product specifications please contact our Business Development Manager.

In order to fulfill all orders, we advise customers that our lead-time is on average two to three weeks depending on seasonality.

cct’s products can be delivered in big bags or smaller PE bags depending on our customers’ needs. Further we use CP3 pallets. However, we believe in accommodating our customers, and are therefore very flexible in terms of our shipping standards.

Our plant is located in Germany, however we ship globally.

In the European Union 36% of the rubber would have been incinerated, 38% would have been used in some low-value application, and 9% would have ended up in a landfill (2012 data). The remainder would have either been exported, or re-used. (source: The European Tyre Recycling Association – “Introduction to Tyre Recycling: 2013”)

In the USA 40% of the rubber would have been incinerated, 37.9% would have been used in some low-value application, and 13% would have ended up in a landfill (2009 data). The remainder would have either been exported, or re-used. (source: Rubber Manufacturers Association – “U.S. Scrap Tire Management Summary 2005-2009”)

At cct we recognize that these routes are either (1) polluting or (2) wasteful, making them completely unacceptable uses for the material.

Examples of (1): incineration, throwing them into the sea with the claim that they will create artificial reefs, covering landfills with them, etc. Examples of (2): noise barriers on highways, insulation, etc.

None of these solutions offer a route that both captures the value of the materials within the rubber, while remaining eco-friendly.

Ask us about cct products.

»We have put years of R&D into our recovered carbon black and how best to incorporate it into your applications. Contact me to find out how we can help you become more sustainably sourced.«

 Pieter ter Haar
Head of R&D and QA

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