Yokohama tells Australians to expect fruitier tires

ERJ staff report (BC)

Sidney, Australia – Yokohama Tyre is making bold predictions about the future of tire materials, reports Rob McKay of Australasian Bus & Coach.

Combining “eco-friendly” orange oil derived from orange peel and inert silica in the rubber compound is claimed to have produced a tire nearly 10 percent lighter than its petroleum-based equivalent, reducing fuel usage by around 8 to10 percent. Lower rolling resistance is also cited.

Yokohama Tyre Australia managing director Tatsuya Murata said the inclusion of orange oil at a nano-particle level…

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