By David Shaw, ERJ editor
Hamburg, Germany — An un-named tyre maker is currently testing tyres using an NR tread compound with silica, to deliver low rolling resistance. The company is using a new silica/silane package developed jointly by Dow Corning and Rhodia.
It is just three months since the two materials suppliers announced their intention to cooperate to deliver a silica/silane package which works effectively with natural rubber.
In that time, the companies have moved from kg quantities to…