Tire Veneer

May 5, 2007
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Recycled rubber tiles and rolls

Automobile and truck tires wear out and become part of the waste stream unless they are recycled. With their Tire Veneer, Yemm & Hart have attempted to address this major waste challenge for modern society by recycling these tires. Tire Veneer is a product that is used as a resilient flooring material in commercial, industrial, and retail environments.

Tire Veneer can be 100% post-consumer recycled and thus all black; however, EPDM may be added in order to match colors within an interior environment. A typical color addition is 20%, but this amount can be varied from 5% to 95%, and multiple colors may be combined for artistic effect.

The SBR used in Tire Veneer comes from two sources: the first is from buffings that occur when auto and truck tires are ground down to prepare a tire for a new tread, and the second is from completely granulated tire when the structural additives, such as nylon and metal, are removed. The crumb rubber is then mixed with the specified amount of EPDM and all are blended together with a urethane binder. The mixture is heated in a pressure vessel and the result is a block or log of solid material which is then sliced to the specified thickness.

Contact: Yemm & Hart Ltd., Marquand, Missouri, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial: A Catalog of Materials That Redefine our Physical Environment

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