ASTM International Launches Group to Create Standards for Recovered Carbon Black

This week, the ASTM International Board of Directors approved the launch of a new technical committee dedicated to developing standards for the growing field of recovered carbon black (rCB). The Committee on Recovered Carbon Black (rCB) (D36) will focus on creating and updating standards in areas such as: the decomposition of scrap tires, other scrap-rubber components, sustainability, and material characterization.  

The committee was formed from members of the organization’s existing Committee on Carbon Black (D24) – as well as other experts – who saw a growing and distinct portfolio of standards work related to recycling carbon-black products.

James Thomas, president of ASTM International, said, “We’re thrilled to see this committee spring forth from the vibrancy of one of our existing committees.  As always, we’re honored to be chosen as the standards development organization for the world’s leading experts in yet another exciting and innovative industry.”

Anthony “Tony” Thornton, who formerly served on the organization’s board of directors, was appointed to chair the new committee. Thornton is the director of product integrity and performance at Micromeritics Instrument Corporation, a global company headquartered in Norcross, Georgia (USA).

The committee will host their first meeting on March 22 in Brussels, Belgium, in conjunction with the annual conference of the European Tyre Recycling Association (ETRA). Initial major tasks of the committee include revising and adopting several standards currently under the jurisdiction of D24.

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January 18, 2017