Black Bear

Dutch company Black Bear believes in innovation for a cleaner world. To support this mission Black Bear developed a Circular Economy model to transform used tires into high-quality, safe, simple-to-use and sustainable products. In a new cooperation between AkzoNobel and Black Bear, old tires now are being harvested for carbon black, and are used to produce powder coating.


The Cradle-to-CradleTM certified carbon black supplied by Black Bear – obtained from end-of-life tires – is being used as pigment in the eco-premium products developed by AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings business. With this cooperation AkzoNobel not only uses carbon black, traditionally obtained from fossil fuels, with a vastly lower CO2 footprint, but also helps to solve the global waste tire problem.

Certified black carbon

Powder coatings are an inherently sustainable product, as they contain no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and produce virtually no waste. The majority of products supplied through AkzoNobel’s market-leading Interpon brand also qualify as eco-premium. AkzoNobel selected Black Bear’s product based on technical performance and environmental footprint. In addition to this agreement, the two companies will also work together to find additional applications for Black Bear’s certified upcycled carbon black.