The U.S. produced, in 2006, approximately 7500 tonnes of ecological rubber in three companies to American cars in accordance with the patent EcoRub AB owns Europe.
The Swedish car companies is owned by American car companies and the materials is also approved for use in the Swedish cars. What is missing is the approval of application level. The benefit for the customer is that the applications are usually less expensive than current products. They are (usually) lower weight. They are equal or higher quality. They do automotive recycling requirements, which the current does not.
The total market in Europe for products made of recycled rubber for the car industry which in technology, quality and price is competitive with existing products, has been estimated at 200 000 tonnes per year – approximately 5,000,000,000 SEK. This represents about the amount of tires that are discarded in Scandinavia.
| Below you will find the products found in the cars today.
AUTOMOTIVE MARKET APPLICATIONS USA
(The list are from year 2005, today everybody is approved.)
Measured in tonnes, the largest item is mudguards for trucks and passenger cars. Here is the spare parts market dominant. Then the mats lying on the beds of pickups and similar, then the seal around the wheel arches, air intake and radiator package will take place. Now the sealing strip round doors and windows are under development, and the same applies to one material that can be used in the ”bumper” and other bodyparts.