Michelin UK exits tyre-burning JV

ERJ staff report (DS)

Staffordshire, UK — Lafarge Cement UK and Michelin Tyre plc said their joint-venture, Sapphire Energy Recovery Ltd, has now become solely owned by Lafarge. Set up in 2001, Sapphire offers converts used tyres in the UK into a waste-derived fuel for the cement industry.

In a statement, Lafarge said, “The decision to move Sapphire to sole ownership was made once the business had successfully achieved its objective of developing a healthy and viable end-of-life process for used tyres, by creating a sustainable market…

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