Apollo: Patented tire rubber ‘could replace SSBR’

Gurgaon, India – Apollo Tyres has developed a patented grade of epoxide natural rubber (ENR) for use in tire compounds the company announced 8 Nov.

An outcome of research with the Rubber Research Institute of India (RRI), the invention has recently been patented – patent no. 287630 – by the government of India, the company said.

This ENR offers a lower-cost alternative to solution- polymerised styrene butadiene rubber (SSBR) and a “sustainable solution” for high-performance tires, according to Apollo.

Indian tire makers have relied on the imported SSBR,…

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