Goodyear tyres set to go green?

12th March 2012

Future editions of Goodyear tyres could offer drivers the world's first compound made from renewable raw materials, according to reports.

Goodyear is currently working with DuPont Industrial Biosciences on the project, which is focusing on the development of a rubber substitute called Biolsoprene.

This revolutionary bio-based compound is being formulated as an alternative to isoprene, the petroleum-based substance currently used in manufacturing new tyres.

A prototype compound has already been developed and is on show at the current Geneva International Motor Show, which runs from March 8th to 18th.

Goodyear is hoping that if successful, the new tyres could help the company significantly reduce the carbon footprint it currently creates.

Speaking about the project, Goodyear chief technical officer Jean-Claude Kihn said:  “Finding a replacement for oil-derived materials is the right thing to do from a business standpoint, but it’s also the right thing to do for the environment."

The two companies first signed up to develop the new tyres back in 2008, with the past four years seeing the firms set to continue to develop the eco-friendly compounds over the coming decade.

Posted by Danielle Barge