The global reclaimed rubber market is primarily driven by the expanding automotive & aerospace industries. Rising natural rubber prices have also forced automobile manufacturers to shift towards products with lower processing costs and recyclable products or rubber blends. The industry is extensively driven by the demand of reclaimed rubber in tire industry.
Construction has also witnessed significant consumption of reclaimed rubber in flat roof covering on account of weather & heat resistance properties. Growing demand from the residential application and various industries for floor matting is further anticipated to strengthen the demand. Increase in the utilization for electronics, packaging, and other industrial applications due to good aging and fast processing has positively influenced the demand of reclaimed rubber.
Moreover, favorable regulations concerning recycling, sustainability, and substitution for synthetic and natural rubber has resulted in the increased demand. Rising consumer preference regarding materials with lesser environmental impact and lower processing costs is further likely to strengthen the reclaimed rubber market growth. Footwear, automotive & aerospace tires,and other molded rubber goods manufacturers have been using the blends of reclaimed rubber at large scale.
Whole Tire Reclaim (WTR) is anticipated to be the fastest growing type of reclaimed rubber. This is due to lower processing costs coupled with reduced environmental impacts and properties such as high durability and versatility. However, their growth is also expected to be constrained by the emergence of new elastomer-based products. Reclaimed rubber types such as EPDM have increasing replaced traditional natural rubber in consumer moulded goods and automobile tires.