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Traditionally, if a tire was designed to advance performance in one area, it often meant a compromise in others…
Vehicle OEMs are currently looking to maximize fuel efficiency as much as possible, yet customers want traction and handling. Since tires are the only part of the vehicle that’s directly connected to the road surface, engineering them to excel in these different areas is no small feat.
To help understand the chemistry involved in making a tire that’s able to advance in these different areas, Smithers hosted a webinar series delving into what’s behind so-called green tire technology.
Last week, the California Air Resources Board – fresh from not banning black cars – adopted a regulation to force the 40,000 businesses in “California’s automotive maintenance industry to check the tire pressure of every vehicle they service.” This means that, starting in July of 2010, when you bring your car in for service in California, the shop will have to make sure that your tires filled to the manufacturer’s recommended air pressure level. CARB estimates that this will save the average Californian about $12 a year.
Bridgestone, a global leader in sustainable mobility and advanced solutions, ARLANXEO, a world-leading synthetic rubber producer, and Solvay, one of the world´s top science companies and worldwide leader in Highly Dispersible Silica (HDS), both for innovation and for manufacturing, have today announced the launch of TECHSYN, a new, co-developed tyre technology platform enabling tyres to deliver unrivalled strength and environmental performance.
By 2050, MICHELIN tires will be made entirely from renewable, recycled, biosourced or otherwise sustainable materials.
HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. (NYSE: OEC), a worldwide supplier of specialty and high-performance carbon black, today announced that it will increase pricing for acetylene black.
Following the acquisition of its acetylene black plant in France, the company adjusted the facility’s strategic focus, requiring new investments to better serve the growing market demand for acetylene black used in lithium-ion battery production. In addition to these strategic investments, the company has also been confronted with rising costs for packaging, transportation and environmental obligations.
Against this backdrop Orion will raise its acetylene black prices by 20 percent globally on March 1st, 2021, or as contracts allow.
SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 17 December 2020 – Michelin has won the ‘Smart Mobility’ award from the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (EuroCham) at its inaugural EuroCham Sustainability Awards 2020, held virtually on November 17, 2020. The award recognized Michelin’s continued efforts to ensure that its raw materials, in particular natural rubber, are sustainably and ethically sourced.
The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority is consulting on Ontario Tire Stewardship’s (OTS) plan to return remaining Used Tires Program surplus funds to stewards. The plan was developed by Grant Thornton Limited, the court appointed OTS liquidator, as a Surplus Funds Addendum to the Used Tires Program Wind-Up Plan. The proposed addendum includes:
- which tire classes are eligible to share in the surplus
- a proposed methodology to allocate funds to stewards
- a proposal to address the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks’ direction that the surplus funds returned to stewards be used to benefit consumers
The Authority is hosting a webinar on Thursday, February 11, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. to present the proposed addendum, answer questions and solicit feedback from stakeholders.
Stakeholders can also submit their feedback via email to email@example.com. All feedback must be received by the Authority on or before Friday, February 26, 2021.
Researchers have developed a new technology to manufacture concrete made from recycled materials that is stronger and more durable than the traditional product.
Recycled concrete aggregates made with everything from coffee cups to building rubble offer huge environmental benefits, from reducing landfill and CO2 emissions, to saving natural resources and boosting the circular economy.
Despite ongoing improvements however, challenges with matching the strength and durability of traditional concrete have hindered the practical application of these sustainable alternatives.
Now researchers from RMIT have developed a new method for casting prefabricated concrete products made with rubber tyres and construction and demolition waste that are up to 35% stronger than traditional concrete.
Nokian Tires says it intends to develop a tire concept that uses 100% recycled materials by 2025.
“We develop our winter tires with decades of knowledge of winter conditions. Each new generation builds on the previous, as we are continuously learning and developing new ways to safely adapt to the changing world around us,” said Anu Moisio, brand manager for Nokian Tyres.
“We want the drivers who choose Nokian Tyres products to know that not only can they safeguard their families’ journeys with their tire choice, but that their decision will also respect the world we all live in.”