Thomas Sörensson, CEO of Enviro – how was your latest trip to Chile?
“It was an eventful trip which included a visit to the Ministry of the Environment and meetings with the country’s three largest mining companies. As if that wasn’t enough we also obtained a final positive decision about project support of around SEK 1 million from the Chilean state through CORFO, to develop a Basic Design for a recycling plant.”
Why is the Chilean market so interested in Enviro’s recycling solution?
“Enviro has, for a long time, established contacts and relationships with authorities, investors and mining companies in Chile. After King Carl XVI Gustaf’s visit to our plant in Åsensbruk earlier this year we were invited to take part in President Bachelet’s state visit, which gave us the opportunity to present the patented technique. Chile has a growing environmental problem with a large number of discarded car tyres and they see the great benefits that our recycling solution can give.”
How does the situation look in Chile right now?
“The project support from the state is of course a major step forward. At the same time as the country’s mining industry can see that it can make good use of the technique, discussions are being held with a number of rubber producers who are currently carrying out tests of recycled carbon black. I also met the top director for recycling within the Ministry of the Environment, who has an extremely positive attitude towards our technique for recycling discarded tyres.”
What’s the next step?
“During the autumn we will be starting our work on a Basic Design, which can then be used in an application for a complete recycling plant. In parallel, discussions are being held with both potential investors and a number of rubber producers, and our collaborations with the mining companies Antofagasta Minerals and Anglo American are continuing. All in all, Enviro has a bright future in Chile!”