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  Mr. Martijn Lopes Cardozo
CEO Black Bear
Martijn Lopes Cardozo is a serial entrepreneur and CEO of Black Bear, a circular economy company that is focused on recouping valuable raw materials from end-of-life tires. Within Black Bear, Martijn leads building the company and setting the strategy and aims to get the best out of the other team members. He was instrumental in the recent fund raising to finance the first commercial installation and the required growth capital for the company. Martijn enjoys supporting and putting new ideas into practice, having successfully built and scaled several technology companies on the US West Coast. He has broad strategic interest in many areas having also worked for larger corporates leading teams in strategy, M&A and start-up investing. In order to give back and help young entrepreneurs, Martijn is a volunteer at YES!Delft, the largest incubator in Europe with a extensive portfolio of clean tech companies.



  Black Bear
Nederweert, Netherlands

Black Bear brings the circular economy to tires

BBC has developed innovative technology to extract carbon black from waste tires to produce new blends of carbon black (CB) that are replacements / of better qualities than existing CB. CB is so commonly used in tires or "black" in paints, inks and plastics, annual CB production is approx. 12mln tons. With every ton (t) of CB we produce, BBC avoids the use of ~2.5t of crude oil (the raw material for traditional CB) and save 5t of CO2. For each installation we build we save more CO2 than 1 mln trees can consume! Our CB adds value from both a technical and environmental perspective which explains why more than 30 customers, including Michelin, Good Year, PPG, Akzo Nobel, and Siegwerk have tested our CB with positive results. We successfully raised €10mln to finance the first commercial plant which is now complete with production being ramped up. We are now raising finance to roll-out plants internationally to bring a high value, circular solution to a significant global waste problem.

Circular economy / Upcycling / Urban mining / Green carbon black / End-of-life tires
 Organisation Activities
Activity: private company (start-up/sme) with an innovative product, technology or service
Technology Sectors: ict / energy, clean technology, environment / space & defense, aeronautics, automotive / industrial products, materials & nanotech
Geographic: africa / america / asia / europe / oceania


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