Soybean Tyres

Researchers at Goodyear-Dunlop’s US Innovation Centre have found the tread of tyres produced using soybean oil lasts up to 10 per cent longer than regular versions. And if all tyres were made this way, the drain on oil-based resources could be cut drastically. This is part of the company’s move to make tyre manufacturing sustainable. Compounds made with soybean oils have been found to form a better bond with the silica used to make tyres – this would increase plant efficiency, and help the company use less energy in its factories.

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