Goodyear Announces Launch of its New Sustainable Tire

Published on: 6 January 2022 06:25 PM
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Goodyear, a multinational tire manufacturing company, has recently launched its new sustainable tire, which is made up of 70% sustainable materials. The newly launched tire by the company is designed to eliminate the use of petroleum and reduce carbon emissions.

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One of the main goals, recently fulfilled, of Goodyear is to produce a tire using all sustainable materials by 2030. The prototype tire will cut down the use of petroleum-based materials. The tire has 13 ingredients across nine tire components, including carbon blacks, soybean oil, rice husk ash and polyester developed from plastic waste.

It is Goodyear's innovation to use soyabean oil in the production of tires because the company says, it helps the rubber compound be flexible in varying temperatures. As soybean oil is bio-based, the use of the oil in the production of tires helps cut the inclusion of petroleum products.

The company moved away from petroleum-based products and increased the use of soybeans by 73 % in 2020 from 2019.

In 2021, Goodyear implemented a procurement policy to assist farmers, processors, and the rest of its supply chain in harvesting soybeans sustainably. It is part of the company's mission to create a deforestation-free supply chain.

Another ingredient used in tire production is carbon black, which helps increase the life of the tire. It has traditionally been made by burning various types of petroleum products.

Three carbon blacks, made from methane, carbon dioxide, and plant-based oil, are used in the new tire. Initial evaluations of the technique suggest either lower carbon emissions than existing carbon black manufacturing or the use of bio-based or waste feedstock sources instead of traditional methods, according to Goodyear.

The business has also modified the way it employs silica in tire manufacturing. The chemical is utilised to improve grip while also lowering fuel consumption. The new tire is made using a form of silica made from rice husk ash, which is a byproduct of rice manufacturing that is generally abandoned, according to Goodyear.

"Our scientists and engineers have made excellent progress toward our ambitious objective of creating a tire made entirely of sustainable materials in ten years," says Chris Helsel, Goodyear's senior vice president of global operations and chief technology officer.