Sumitomo introduces tyre using less petroleum-based materials

Tokyo –Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. has developed an environmentally friendly tyre it claims cuts the use of petroleum-based materials by nearly 60 percent and rolling resistance 30 percent.

Sumitomo’s Dunlop Falken Tyres Ltd. unit will sell the tyre, the Enasave ES801, in Japan’s replacement market. It replaces a large percentage of the synthetic rubber with epoxidised natural rubber (ENR), the carbon black with silica, petroleum-based processing oils with vegetable-based ones and the synthetic casing fibres with vegetable fibre-based materials.

Sumitomo introduced the tyre at the Tokyo Motor…

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