On September 1st, the European Value-Rubber project officially began, No. 870000 of the Fast Track to Innovation (H2020-EIC-FTI-2018-2020) call for the Horizon 2020 program.

The consortium is made up of three companies, the CETEC Technology Center and the Department of Information Technology and Communications of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena. The companies are the following:

• Synthelast S.A. from Elche, Spain, dedicated to the transformation of thermoplastic rubber and polyurethane.

• Dymotec, from Olen, Belgium dedicated to the design and construction of microwave systems for industrial uses.

• Borflex, from France, dedicated to the formulation and production of rubber objects.

The consortium partners will work together to successfully develop DevulCore, an innovative rubber recycling technology from tires in the automobile industry, which achieves the complete devulcanization of rubber. The product obtained is a devulcanized rubber, Value-Rubber, with a maximized potential to be used as a complete substitute for virgin rubbers in conventional manufacturing processes.

The project will last 24 months, with a budget of € 2,449,450.50 of which € 1,934,234.10 are contributed by the European Commission.

On September 3 the first meeting of the partners took place at the CETEC facilities, in Alhama de Murcia, where the first decisions were made for the good progress of the project. CETEC will be the coordinator, both technical and general of Value-Rubber and from Alhama de Murcia the direction of this important project will be carried out with great implications in the recyclability and circular economy of the tires, for which it is expected to find a definitive and adequate solution .