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Future Tire: Shale gas attracting tire makers to US

Brussels – The shale gas revolution is a significant factor behind a recent spate of investments by overseas tire makers in the US, according to Patrick Ellis, associate consultant at Smithers Rapra

Many US-based industries are becoming increasingly advantaged through the availability of shale gas ethane at a fraction of the cost of conventional petroleum-based feedstock. Among other products, this ethane can be converted into synthetic rubber monomers including butadiene and isoprene.

Speaking on day one of ERJ’s Future Tire Conference, held 28-29 Oct in Brussels, Ellis…

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