The main topic of SES is recycling and reuse of elastomers. This comprises the development of new recycling processes for different types of elastomer waste, as well the application of recycled elastomers in new products.
The prime example of end-of-life elastomers is used tires. A tremendous amount of 1 billion worn-out tires is discarded every year worldwide, and SES aims at finding outlets for the – still valuable – rubber from these tires.
Another topic within SES is filler systems in elastomers for more sustainable transport. Again, this is mainly about tires: to enhance safety by increasing wet grip, and to reduce fuel consumption by reducing rolling resistance.