Volume 96 Issue 8 | p. 13 | Concentrates
Issue Date: February 19, 2018

Tire, chemical firms combine guayule efforts

Department: Business
Keywords: Biobased chemicals, guayule, rubber
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Bridgestone is growing guayule at a research farm in Arizona.
Credit: Bridgestone
A photo of a guayule farm.
 
Bridgestone is growing guayule at a research farm in Arizona.
Credit: Bridgestone

Tire maker Bridgestone and Italian chemical firm Versalis are combining their efforts in guayule, an alternative to plantation-grown rubber trees, as a source of polyisoprene, also known as natural rubber. Bridgestone opened a research center for guayule cultivation and processing in Mesa, Ariz., in 2014. Versalis, a synthetic rubber maker, has its own research effort for the arid-climate plant. It planted 100,000 seedlings in Sicily in 2016.

 
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