Yokohama TPE could be used in tyres-report

Tokyo–Yokohama Rubber Co has reportedly developed a thermoplastic rubber compound that could be used in tyres. A report in today’s Nihon Kasei Shimbun says, “The new material is produced simply by heating and cooling a compound of isoprene rubber and aminotriazole. It can be easily recycled by heating and melting at a temperature of 250 C (482 F) and then solidifying it at less than 200 C”.

The report says the material has a resilience about 80 percent of that of vulcanised rubber, yet is three…

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