ALBANY, Calif.—More than two decades ago, the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture obtained patents on processes designed to make the desert shrub guayule a commercially viable source of natural rubber. Those patents have lapsed, but the research continues.
Balkrishna Industries Limited (BKT), has entered into a joint research agreement with Kultevat, Inc., to create a dandelion rubber compound for its tires.
Kultevat, a U.S. biotechnology company, specializes in the cultivation and processing of TKS Dandelion as a renewable and sustainable alternative for natural rubber. BKT will work with the company to develop new compounding methods and tire manufacturing technologies to create more sustainable and renewable tires in the future.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) and NRGene, a genomic big data solutions company, are collaborating on research efforts to enhance the company’s U.S. alternative domestic natural rubber breeding program. They will be working in tandem to…
Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) and Versalis are forming a strategic partnership to develop and deploy “a comprehensive technology package to commercialize guayule in the agricultural, sustainable-rubber and renewable-chemical sectors.”
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and Ford Motor Co. are at the forefront of manufacturers researching potential commercial uses for rubber from the desert shrub guayule, speakers from both companies said at the recent International Elastomer Conference in Pittsburgh.
The last all-natural-rubber tire was built in the 1940s, he said, and the obvious differences between tire construction then and now makes it an enormous challenge to make an all-guayule tire that meets modern performance standards.
Ford uses a significant amount of natural rubber in automotive applications, and is doing development work to see how it can use guayule as an alternative source of natural rubber, said Janice Tardiff, elastomer materials technical expert in Ford’s Design and Final Assembly Systems Department.
Akron, Ohio – Guayule rubber is passing all its physical tests with one year to go in a government-funded project to assess its feasibility as an ingredient in mass-produced tires, according to Howard Colvin, senior scientist at Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.
Colvin discussed Cooper’s test results with prototype guayule rubber tires at the International Tire Exhibition & Conference in Akron 13-15 Sept.
AKRON—Guayule rubber is passing all its physical tests with one year to go in a government-funded project to assess its feasibility as an ingredient in mass-produced tires, according to Howard Colvin, senior scientist at Cooper Tire.
Scientists working on Cooper Tire & Rubber’s guayule rubber project have reportedly reached a key milestone on the path to producing, by mid-2017, a concept tyre in which guayule-based polymers replace all natural and synthetic rubbers. Their testing has shown guayule to be an effective substitute material in certain components, with tyres produced using these components offering comparative performance to their conventional counterparts.
To date, Cooper has completed a number of tyre builds to test the replacement of Hevea and petroleum-sourced rubber in various components and has tested each individual build for overall performance. At the recent annual meeting of the public-private consortium behind the Cooper-led ‘Securing the Future of Natural Rubber—an American Tire and Bioenergy Platform from Guayule’ research and development grant, the tyre maker stated it has tested almost all tyre components with “promising results.”
“We have nearly finished our work on developing guayule-based tyre components and have tested these tyres to assure a full performance evaluation,” Chuck Yurkovich, Cooper’s senior vice-president of global research and development, told consortium members. “The results are highly promising. We have proven that we can replace traditional polymers with guayule in certain components, and that tyres made from these components perform equal to conventional tyres. We are optimising the use of guayule formulations to develop not only a full guayule tyre, but we will also evaluate guayule blends in certain components where an advantage has been shown to exist.”
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. scientists have reached a key milestone toward the goal of producing, by mid-2017, a concept tire that will be based 100-percent on guayule-based polymers.
At its recent annual meeting in Albany, the public-private consortium behind the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) grant, “Securing the Future of Natural Rubber — an American Tire and Bioenergy Platform from Guayule,” reported several key advancements emerging from the group’s work over the past year.
Guayule is a shrub that is grown primarily in the southwestern U.S. and contains latex that can be processed into rubber for use in tires.
The 100-percent guayule-based concept tire will undergo extensive technical evaluation following its production. Concurrently, Cooper will continue studies on potential commercialization of guayule-based tires for the future.
The Rubber Recycling Symposium will once again draw an international audience to exchange ideas and discover the latest in the rubber and tire recycling technologies, products, and policies.
Created and organized by Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (www.tracanada.ca), and co-sponsored by Ontario Tire Stewardship and the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the Symposium will take place in Niagara Falls on October 5-7, and bring together tire manufacturers, processors, transporters, equipment manufacturers, stewardship organizations, government and academia.
This year’s event drives toward the latest advances in achieving the circular economy in the rubber and tire industries, and the event program includes topics from global legislative trends to the industry’s conversation on the significance of new initiatives and technologies that drive innovation and create high-value products.
The leading industry experts from Canada and U.S. will discuss the challenges and trends in global legislative and regulatory environments, and will focus the conversation on regulations that promote tire recycling and innovative ideas that drive the circular economy.
In Focus: Remaking of the Ontario Tire Recycling Program
With the tire diversion rate at 93 per cent, Canada is one of the global leaders in tire and rubber recycling; however, the new Waste-Free Ontario Act will see the Ontario Tire Stewardship program wind-up and be replaced by something new.
Science and Technology
Tire manufacturers will discuss the global Tire Industry Project (TIP), the significance of the guayule plant as a viable alternative source of latex for the tire industry, and the segment on synthetic turf will discuss the alleged carcinogenic controversy and new research in this important area.
The Holy Grail of rubber recycling – tires made from 100 per cent recycled rubber – may still be out of reach, but the panel including AirBoss, Tyromer and others will show how the industry continues to lower its environmental impact using efficient tire technologies and introduction of recycled materials in tire production.
By popular demand, the event will conclude with CEO panel from major tire processors on challenges, opportunities and outlook, sharing their unique perspectives on tire recycling markets.
Join the conversation on October 5-7, in Niagara Falls, meet all the key industry players, learn and contribute your solutions to the tire and rubber recycling industry.
Visit event details here, and register for this unique event.