Pyrum and SUEZ sign exclusivity agreement to build Pyrum’s first UK pyrolysis plant

During the one-year exclusivity phase, the first location will be determined and the approval process will begin. The plant will consist of three pyrolysis reactors with a capacity of around 20,000 tons of used tires per year

Pyrum Innovations AG (“Pyrum”), a pioneering company that recycles scrap tires sustainably with its globally patented, unique pyrolysis technology, and SUEZ recycling and recovery UK Ltd (“SUEZ”) have entered into a one-year exclusivity agreement to build Pyrum’s first pyrolysis plant in the UK.

Under the terms of the agreement, the utility, which is active in water and waste management, will determine the site for the first plant over the next 12 months and, with support from Pyrum, will begin the permitting process. SUEZ bears the costs for the approval process. The planned plant is to be equipped with three pyrolysis reactors and thus have a recycling capacity of around 20,000 tons of old tires per year. After successful approval, the first plant is to be built.

Pascal Klein, CEO of Pyrum Innovations AG: “The European rollout of our unique technology is progressing. With SUEZ we were able to win one of the leading companies in the field of sustainable solutions and innovative technologies for the British circular economy. In the future, Pyrum and SUEZ will benefit from each other’s expertise. The first location should now be determined as soon as possible. Then we will carry out the approval process together with the local authorities.”

John Scanlon, CEO of SUEZ recycling and recovery UK: “The agreement is an exciting milestone for SUEZ. As a leader in the development of a resource efficient UK circular economy, we are delighted to be working with Pyrum who are also leaders in their field. With our experience in delivering new infrastructure, SUEZ is the natural choice to introduce this innovative technology in the UK, which will significantly improve the recycling of end-of-life tires and significantly reduce CO2 emissions compared to current tire recycling technologies. We look forward to working together over the coming year to develop plans for the first UK facility.”

Through the partnership with SUEZ, Pyrum Innovations AG is expanding its extensive and promising pipeline for the construction of pyrolysis plants in Europe. Most recently, the company had signed letters of intent with several companies for joint projects. In addition, Pyrum is currently in the final phase of expanding the main plant in Dillingen /Saar and is planning another plant of its own in Homburg, for which a suitable plot of land was recently secured. With the move to Great Britain, Pyrum and SUEZ are opening up the promising British recycling market for scrap tyres. Around 50 million tires (480,000 t) are discarded in the UK, of which 13.4 million tires are currently used as alternative fuel.

About SUEZ

SUEZ recycling and recovery UK employs over 5,600 people across hundreds of sites and processes over 10 million tonnes of waste each year – a significant proportion of the UK’s total waste generation. Through collection, treatment, recycling and logistics, the company serves more than 30,000 business customers and millions of households across the country.

About Pyrum Innovations AG

With its patented pyrolysis technology, Pyrum Innovations AG is active in the attractive recycling market for used tires. Pyrum’s pyrolysis process is energy self-sufficient, according to the Fraunhofer Institute saves significantly more CO2 emissions than the current recycling processes for used tires – especially compared to incineration in cement works – and produces new raw materials such as pyrolysis oil, gas and recycled carbon black from the waste used as input materials ( recovered carbon black – rCB). Pyrum thus closes the material cycle and pursues a sustainable business model.

As a pioneer, Pyrum Innovations AG was the first company in the field of used tire recycling to receive REACH registration from the European Chemicals Agency ECHA for the pyrolysis oil produced in 2018. This means that the oil is recognized as an official raw material that can be used in production processes.

In addition, Pyrum has obtained ISCC PLUS certification for the pyrolysis oil and the rCB. Both products are therefore considered sustainable and renewable raw materials. These achievements have also been recognized by international tire industry experts. At the Recircle Awards, which were presented for the first time, Pyrum was awarded in the category Best Tire Recycling Innovation and nominated for the big prize for medium-sized companies from the federal state of Saarland.


Pyrum, press release, 2023-06-20.


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