Goodyear claims new synthetics can reduce NR dependency

Goodyear Tire and Rubber, which claims to be better at synthetic rubber chemistry than its rival tyre makers, expects to reduce its dependency on natural rubber through some new synthetic polymers.

The company gave no details of the new polymers, nor would it estimate the amount of NR it could substitute, but Joseph M. Gingo, Goodyear executive vice president for quality systems and chief technical officer, said “While our newly developed synthetic rubber products do not totally solve raw material cost concerns, we have gained…

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