Technology focus: Kuraray’s liquid rubber enhances ice grip

Tokyo — Speciality chemicals producer Kuraray Co. Ltd. has developed a reactive liquid rubber that it claims can be used in tread compounds to enhance the ice-grip performance of winter tires.

The material, liquid farnesene rubber (LFR), is described as a diene monomer developed in partnership with U.S. biotech company Amyris Inc. through the fermentation of sugar cane.

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (SRI) is using the material as a…

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