SOURCE: Florida Tire Recycling

Florida Tire Recycling

October 01, 2009 09:00 ET

Florida Tire Recycling Inc. Launches FTR Polymetrics; Company Makes Recycled Rubber Powder Economical and Sustainable

Company Delivers Ultra-Fine Rubber Powder for as Low as $.30 per Pound

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL--(Marketwire - October 1, 2009) - Filling an economic and sustainable need for manufacturers, Florida Tire Recycling Inc. (FTR), a leading environmental solutions provider, today announced the launch of FTR Polymetrics, a company subsidiary focused on producing ultra-fine recycled rubber powders in 80 mesh, 140 mesh and 200 mesh sizes. Unlike other rubber powder manufacturers who purchase their raw materials from variable, unspecified sources with little to no traceability, FTR Polymetrics collects and prepares 100% of its feedstock through closed-loop programs with customers, ensuring the highest level of quality, consistency, repeatability, and traceability in its powders. With the formation of FTR Polymetrics, manufacturers now have a viable, economic alternative for incorporating sustainable materials into the manufacture of rubber, plastics and specialty chemical products.

It is widely known that technical barriers associated with the production of rubber powders are no longer insurmountable obstacles. Rubber powder can be used as a substitute for petroleum-based materials in numerous manufacturing processes and can help to reduce manufacturers' waste and carbon footprint. However, the economic viability of incorporating rubber powder into finished goods has historically been tied to fluctuating oil and other commodity prices. The emergence of FTR Polymetrics removes this economic hurdle and makes rubber powder a financially viable ingredient.

Rubber powder can now be viewed by rubber manufacturers the way the paper industry views recycled pulp, the steel industry views scrap metal or the plastic industry views recovered HDPE and PP -- as a viable, if not necessary, production component. By leveraging FTR's closed loop activities with proprietary grinding technologies, FTR Polymetrics is able to deliver ultra-fine rubber powders at the lowest prices available -- as little as $0.30 per pound for 80 mesh and $0.40 per pound for 140 mesh -- making FTR Polymetrics the most competitive supplier in the industry.

"There are more than 300 million tires discarded in the US every year and each of those tires can be recycled and reused in a myriad of manufacturing applications," states Anthony Cialone, Chief Operating Officer at Florida Tire Recycling. "From crumb rubber to ultra-fine rubber powder, FTR Polymetrics meets demands of today's manufacturers and delivers an economical and sustainable material allowing manufacturers to produce greener products. Couple our closed-loop program benefits with FTR Polymetrics' competitive pricing and customers get a high-quality, affordable, and sustainable material solution -- these products become the preferred, economically compelling alternative to virgin and petro-based materials."

In addition to its portfolio of affordable ultra-fine rubber powder, FTR Polymetrics also offers companies a Closed-Loop Product Lifecycle Solution that takes waste materials (such as old tires), by-products, or finished product scrap and recycles those materials back into useable crumb and powder rubber raw materials to be introduced back into the manufacturing process. Simply stated, scrap rubber once destined for the landfill is turned into a usable raw material destined for "beneficial re-use" with no compromise to quality or performance of finished products.

About Florida Tire Recycling

Incorporated in 1988, Florida Tire Recycling (FTR) is the oldest and largest waste tire recycling company in the Southeast United States. FTR processes in excess of 6 million waste tires -- which equates to roughly 1 out of every 3 waste tires generated in the state every year. These waste tires are processed at our 32-acre recycling facility where they are recycled into a variety of value-added products, including Tire Derived Fuel (TDF) and VeriFlex crumb rubber which is utilized in landscaping, construction, industrial and athletic field applications.

FTR, a privately-held company, has been family owned and operated since its incorporation. For more company information, visit us at www.ftri.net.

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