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Prism Worldwide Commercializes TPE Derived from End-of-Life Tires

Prism Worldwide announces the commercial availability of Ancora™ C-1000 Thermoplastic Elastomer, which contains 50% post-consumer recycle content derived from end-of-life tires.

Kirkland WA, May 3, 2023. Prism Worldwide (Prism), a clean technology company, is pleased to announce the commercial availability of AncoraTM C-1000 Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE).  Based on Prism’s patented technology, Ancora™ C-1000 contains a minimum of 50% post-consumer recycle content derived from end-of-life tires while maintaining the look, feel and processing of a typical petrochemically derived TPE.

Ancora TPEs are a new class of TPE compounds utilizing polymers derived from end-of-life tires manufactured with Prism Worldwide’s patented PrismTM process. This process uses tire rubber as the primary feedstock in the production of polymer intermediates called PTR™.  These intermediate polymers are then compounded into injection moldable TPE pellets at our recently acquired Sodus, NY plant.

The first compound in a series, Ancora C-1000 is suitable for use in a broad range of applications, such as automotive all-weather mats, weather stripping, footwear and more. This new Ancora compound is available in black and has a Shore A hardness of 80.

Ancora C-1000 is 99% domestically sourced meeting IIJA Buy America requirements. Prism’s base polymer has a carbon footprint approximately 86% lower than virgin synthetic rubber compounds. “There is growing demand for recycled content throughout the industry, and high recycle content TPEs are not widely available.  This product fills a unique market demand for both sustainability and performance.  The technology we use can be applied over a broad range of applications and we look forward to working with the industry to grow this into a family of TPE compound products.” said Mark Kinkelaar, Prism’s Chief Commercial Officer.


About Prism Worldwide

Prism was founded on the principle that there should be a better use for end-of-life (ELT) tires. We recognize that to solve this long-standing issue we need solutions that provide performance-oriented products. This requires that we address the problem differently.

We are bringing new patented chemistry and technology to the market by producing polymer intermediates derived from ground tire rubber. These performance solutions for asphalt markets (ViaTecä), TPE markets (Ancoraä) and polymer markets (Ennovaä) are sustainable and circular, creating higher value uses for end-of-life tires and offering a route to Making Tires More Circularä.

In November 2022, Prism acquired CRC Polymer Systems (CRC), a custom compounding company supplying compounds, resins, and colors to the plastics industry.