One of the key priorities of Tyre Stewardship Australia’s Market Development Fund is to facilitate the development of new end-products and markets for Australian tyre derived product. Below are some case study examples of new materials that have been developed with the assistance of the TSA Market Development Fund.
Our aim is to support initiatives that bring together strong partnerships across the supply chain to demonstrate both the technical and financial viability of new products and new applications.
We are interested in hearing from applicants, such as universities, governments, industry and business end-users, that can deliver initiatives of this nature. If you have a project in mind that will support diverse and enhanced applications for Australian recycled tyre products, we want to hear from you.
TSA funded project with the University of South Australia to test that reinforced crumb rubber concrete is an economically viable and sustainable alternative to conventional reinforced concrete for residential structural engineering applications.
The City of Mitcham, in South Australia, is the latest local government authority to work with TSA on testing new mixes of crumbed rubber asphalt that can improve road durability and offer a significant recycling use for the millions of used tyres Australia generates each year.
Retaining walls have been around since the most ancient of civilisations and the engineering challenge of turning sloping sites into multiple flat levels has seen the same basic principles applied since those times.
TSA accredited recycler, Lomwest Enterprises of Western Australia, has created a multi- application, high-performance wall system using baled end-of-life tyres sandwiched between highly stable concrete skins.
Geelong based joint high-tech manufacturing companies, Polymeric Powders and Austeng, are using end-of-life tyre crumb combined with polyolefin plastic to manufacture a superior quality composite material, enabling the production of commercial pipes using an Australian developed ‘world’s first’ process.
The commercialisation of innovative technologies could, in the near future, see trucks running on tyres that will subsequently find a second life not only in the road surface but also in the fuel powering the rig.