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Bridgestone unveils new tyre technology platform

LONDON, February 27, 2021

Bridgestone, a global leader in sustainable mobility and advanced solutions, has joined forces with Arlanxeo, a world-leading synthetic rubber producer, and Solvay, one of the world´s top science companies and worldwide leader in highly dispersible silica (HDS), both for innovation and for manufacturing, to launch a new, co-developed tyre technology platform, Techsyn.
It combines chemically optimised synthetic rubber with tailormade silica, interacting at a molecular level, to deliver outstanding performance with no trade-offs.
The new platform enables tyres to deliver unrivalled strength and environmental performance.
Bridgestone pointed out that each material found in Techsyn was developed in parallel by these three companies to create a tyre technology platform that provides unrivalled performance. 
It will help these tyres achieve up to 30 per cent better wear efficiency and a rolling resistance that is reduced by up to six per cent, compared to other conventional Bridgestone EMIA4 summer products, without compromising any other performance areas. 
With the goal of ensuring less tyre wear material loss, extra focus was placed on performance improvements in tyre wear throughout the development of Techsyn.
As a result of these improvements, Techsyn augments the sustainable performance of the tyres it’s applied to by reducing overall fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and enhancing tread mileage.
Its durability extends the designed lifespan of tyres made with it by up to 30 per cent, to ultimately result in a tyre that needs to be changed less frequently and reduces the consumption of raw materials in the long-term, it added.
Bridgestone said it was preparing implementation of Techsyn for mass production, with various tyre categories and vehicles in mind. 
The trio has developed a roadmap of technologies where close collaboration will be essential to move along the pattern identified with Techsyn and create even more effective synergies.
On the new product, Laurent Dartoux, President & CEO, Bridgestone EMIA said: "As a global leader in advanced solutions and sustainable mobility, we’re moving forward with innovation and sustainability at the core of everything we do at Bridgestone."
"Through developing environmentally-driven solutions like Techsyn, we’re making great progress on delivering against that ambition," he added.
Arlanxeo CEO Donald Chen said: "We are committed to delivering outstanding, customer-centric, elastomer solutions. By bringing together in partnership the combined know-how, skill and creativity of three world-class companies that are championing different parts of the tyre supply chain, we have been able to develop a new technology platform that offers new ways to address challenges specific to the tyre industry."
According to him, Techsyn enables improved fuel economy and tyre wear properties at the same time, with no performance trade-offs. 
"As a result, tyres made with Techsyn contribute to reduced CO2 emissions. Therefore this technology makes a significant contribution to improving environmental aspects, which is at the heart of the shared vision for sustainable product solutions held by the three companies that made it all happen," he stated.
Solvay’s CEO Dr Ilham Kadri said: "Techsyn demonstrates what can be achieved when key actors in the value chain join forces. To protect our one and only planet, we must reinvent, collaborate and co-construct solutions to design tomorrow's cleaner mobility."
"I’m proud of all the teams who contributed to this project, in particular the speed with which they brought this innovation to reality," he added.-TradeArabia News Service


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