Growing tire size adds to halobutyl demand

Guangzhou, China – Larger tires, calling for better rolling resistance and energy efficiency, will likely adds to the demand for halobutyl rubber with higher air retention performance.

“Over the past ten years we’ve seen one-inch growth of average size for all the regions,” Jeffrey Valentage, global tire market development manager of ExxonMobil Chemical’s butyl business at the 2017 China Rubber Conference held in Guangzhou last week.

U.S. leads this trend with about 16.5-inch average in 2016, and China is quickly catching up with the…

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