1 September 2023, 15:52
GRI is increasing its efforts in utilizing Recycled Carbon Black (RCB) for compounding and its specialty tire production as the tire manufacturing industry shifts towards sustainable practices, products, and eco-friendly solutions. The achievements of GRI in recent years highlight a strong commitment to sustainability and innovation within our industry.
Utilization of Recycled Carbon Black (RCB) has gained traction as a promising alternative to traditional fossil-based virgin carbon black. RCB offers a unique opportunity to reduce the environmental impact of tire production while maintaining crucial physical properties that ensure safety, strength, and resilience of specialty tires. “GRI‘s decision to substantially decrease the utilization of virgin carbon black and instead harness the power of RCB for the premium material handling tire ULTIMATE GREEN XT for forklifts as well as the radial agriculture tires GREEN XLR EARTH series is true evidence to GRI’s visionary approach to making a positive impact on our planet. This endeavor goes beyond traditional tire development and considers the full lifecycle impact of the product from manufacturing to end-of-life disposal”, said Dr Mahesha Ranasoma, CEO of GRI.
GRI has advanced the adoption of RCB and selected premium suppliers for RCB. These partnerships are a witness to our dedication of sourcing top-tier materials that meet the standards demanded by the tire industry. GRI's use of RCB encompasses a strategic vision of aligning tire production with responsible manufacturing where recycled materials are seamlessly integrated into our tire compounds, transforming the way tires are produced and consumed.
GRI produces high-grade specialty tires that are built sustainably using pure natural rubber in Sri Lanka. Founded in 2002, the company produces material handling solid tires, radial agriculture tires, and construction tires. GRI has its own operations in 10 countries, and a business presence in more than 50 countries worldwide. Since 2018, GRI has been advancing in the rapid expansion of its specialty tire production plants and tire compound mixing facilities in Sri Lanka as well as its operations in key countries. GRI ensures its commitment to sustainability and environmental protection throughout its operations both locally and globally.