Tire Makers Try New Rubber Sources | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 90 Issue 37 | p. 16 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 10, 2012

Tire Makers Try New Rubber Sources

Department: Business
Keywords: rubber, guayule, tyres, tires

Dutch tire maker Apollo Vredestein has made tire prototypes from natural latex derived from the guayule shrub and Russian dandelions. The prototypes are the results of a $7.5 million European Union initiative to make Europe less dependent on Southeast Asian rubber tree plantations. The Europeans aren’t alone in looking at guayule as a source of rubber. Last month, Cooper Tire & Rubber won a USDA grant for guayule research. And Bridgestone has a project under way in the U.S. to cultivate guayule rubber.

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