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Goodyear Improves Tire Efficiency with PPG Silica

Goodyear Tire & Rubber has contracted with PPG Industries to use Agilon performance silica to increase the fuel efficiency of its tires. Goodyear will first use the next-generation reinforcing filler developed by PPG in its EfficientGrip tires, a line of high-performance sport-utility-vehicle tires debuting in Latin America this month. Goodyear … Read more »

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How Rubber Is Made Could Improve Tires, Cut Emissions

Scientists’ findings on how rubber is made, if used to improve tire performance, for example, could mean higher gas mileage and less air pollution. In a report in the ACS journal Macromolecules, Yuko Ikeda and colleagues note that a chemical process called vulcanization has been critical for the manufacturing of quality … Read more »

Timberland Tire

Timberland, Omni Recycle Tires into Footwear

Timberland and tire manufacturer and distributor Omni United have created tires designed to be recycled into footwear outsoles at the end of their life on the road. The co-branded line of tires was unveiled at the Specialty Equipment Market Association automotive trade show in Las Vegas earlier this week. The … Read more »

Ford, Goodyear, FTS Technologies Win Sustainability Innovation Awards

Ford, Goodyear and FTS Technologies received awards from the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment on Tuesday at the organization’s second annual Sustainable Innovation Awards ceremony in Rochester, Michigan. The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment is a partnership between automakers, their suppliers and the EPA. The awards program recognizes Supplier Partnership … Read more »

Goodyear Converts Rice Husk Waste to Fuel-Efficient Tire Treads

Goodyear Converts Rice Husk Waste to Fuel-Efficient Tire Treads

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is using rice husk waste to produce fuel-efficient tires. Goodyear says it will utilize ash left over from the burning of rice husks to produce electricity as an environmentally friendly source of silica for use in its tires. The company has tested silica derived from … Read more »

Michelin

Braskem, Amyris, Michelin Partner on Renewable Isoprene

Biopolymers producer Braskem has joined an ongoing collaboration between tire company Michelin and renewable products company Amyris to develop and commercialize renewable isoprene, sourced from various biomass. Under the terms of the agreement, Braskem, Michelin and Amyris will work together to develop a technology to utilize plant sugars, such as those … Read more »

Genan plant

World’s Largest Tire Recycling Facility Opens

Tire recycling company Genan has opened a $140 million plant in Houston with the capacity to recycle approximately 10 million passenger car tire equivalents a year. Genan, which extracts and produces rubber granulate (crumb rubber), rubber powder and steel from scrap tires, says its new facility is the largest of its … Read more »

EWS Debuts Lower Carbon Tire Recycling Process

A tire recycling process designed by Environmental Waste International emits 12,166 metric tons fewer carbon dioxide equivalents compared to incineration, and 3,136 metric tons fewer CO2e compared to the production of crumb rubber, according to results reported by consultancy Pinchin Environmental. According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association approximately 45 percent of … Read more »

Bridgestone Tires

Bridgestone Plant Receives First-Ever Zero Waste To Landfill Validation

Bridgestone Americas’ Wilson, NC passenger and light truck tire manufacturing plant has achieved Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL) landfill waste diversion claim validation for zero waste to landfill. Zero waste to landfill is the highest claim validation UL gives for landfill waste diversion, which is performed and delivered by UL Environment, a … Read more »

Braskem, Genomatica to Develop Green Chemical

Biopolymer producer Braskem and Genomatica, a biotechnology company, have signed an agreement for the joint development of a new technology for the production of butadiene from renewable feedstocks. Braskem says its objective with the green chemical is to primarily serve the synthetic rubber market, whose demand is currently met by … Read more »

Waste Tire Recycling Facility Moves Forward

Environmental Waste International (EWS) says it has completed a continuous four-day (100-hour) run of its TR-900 waste tire recycling facility in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. This doubles the previous record announced in June. The company says this four-day run is a milestone toward continuous 24/7 operation of its waste tire … Read more »