Industry expert: dandelion a “viable” NR source

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina – Alternative sources of natural rubber are no longer in the realm of speculation but are now viable technologies for tire manufacturing, a pair of speakers claimed at the 33rd Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference in Hilton Head, April 19-21.

Taraxacum kok-saghyz — more commonly called TKS or Russian dandelions — are often spoken of as an experimental source of natural rubber, according to Daniel Swiger, president and CEO of TKS grower Kultevat Inc.

However, he said, Russian dandelions have has…

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