Geneva – The Tire Industry Project (TIP) is sharing, for free, its scientific research on tire & road wear particles (TRWP) to mark its 15th anniversary.
The tire sustainability forum, which includes 11 major global tire makers, announced 23 July that it is making its research in the hope to reach stakeholders who may have previously been discouraged by paywalls.
Generated by the friction between tires and the road surface, TRWP are a mixture of tire tread material and road pavement material.
The TIP has been supporting research into tire and road wear particles since 2005 and is now making its peer-reviewed studies available free-of-charge online.
“TIP is committed to making important contribution to the scientific understanding of TRWP and its potential impacts on human health and the environment,” said TIP in its statement.
TIP operates under the umbrella of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and is currently co-chaired by Bridgestone, Goodyear and Michelin.
Representing approximately 65% of the world's tire manufacturing capacity, TIP member CEOs meet biennially to review project progress and approve a two-year work plan.
In alphabetical order, TIP member companies are: Bridgestone Corp., Continental AG, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, Hankook Tire Co., Ltd., Kumho Tire Co., Compagnie Générale des Établissements Michelin, Pirelli & C. SpA, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., The Yokohama Rubber Co.