Cooper: guayule viable as NR/SR substitute in tires

Pearsall, Texas — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. researchers have determined that guayule rubber is a viable substitute for natural and synthetic rubber in building tires and could start using it immediately if sufficient material was available at a reasonable price.

Cooper is basing its conclusions on research it conducted over the past five years under the auspices of a $6.9 million Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) grant that included consortium partners, including Clemson University, Cornell University, PanAridus and the Agricultural Research Service of the…

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