Goodyears soy-based tyre
Goodyears soy-based tyre
Of course Goodyear tyres have always been amongst the world leaders in tyre development. The addition of soy-bean based rubber compound is their latest innovation. So, soybean oil-based rubber compound is helping Goodyear enhance tyre performance in dry, wet and winter conditions.
When I was much younger. I was fortunate enough to attend a six week course. Thus, at the now closed Goodyear factory in Wolverhampton in the UK. This course covered all aspects of tyres. From production to selling them. This was to set my life in the tyre industry.
Therefore I have always been a keen follower of Goodyear tyres and their latest releases into the tyre world. Including this new soy-bean revelation. For years and years tyres were made from the same old materials in the same old tyre factories. But this all changed with the need to stop pollution and support a better more environmental friendly planet.
Governments paid billions to auto makers to come up with more emission friendly vehicles. Hence the gauntlet was also thrown out to tyre companies. As a result people like Continental came out with new materials to make tyres greener with a better rolling resistance and lighter in weight. As far as Continental were concerned then they experimented with “Dandelion” sap. The white gooey sap from the “weed” known as the dandelion in the western world, contained a sap that was very similar to the molecular structure of rubber latex.
Just like Continental, a Goodyear team of scientists and engineers created a sustainable type of tread compound using soybean oil. Like the dandelion this is naturally derived, cost-effective when grown in large quantities, carbon-neutral and renewable.
Goodyear’s tests have shown rubber made with soybean oil mixes more easily
Of course when mixed in the silica-reinforced compounds now used in manufacturing certain tyres, such as winter tyres. This also improves manufacturing efficiency and reduces energy consumption.
By employing soybean oil in tyres. Goodyear found a new way to help keep the rubber compound pliable. Especially, in changing temperatures, a key performance achievement in maintaining and enhancing the vehicle’s grip on the road surface. Winter tyres perform much better in the cold because of the addition of this silica based material. Silica makes the compound much more flexible in cold weather. So, Enhancing the grip of winter and all-weather tyres.
Other tyre companies to come up with similar ideas include Yokohama and the use of “orange peel oils“.
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