The best-selling tire-manufacturer in North America, Goodyear Tire and Rubber is working on a new technology to make long lasting tires, which will have less impact on the environment. It is proposing to use soybean oil in the production of new types of tires. The company claims this will help in reducing the expense in producing new tires.
According to researchers at the Innovation Center of Goodyear, soybean oil could replace the petroleum used in manufacturing the tires to some extent. As per estimates based on the test conducted by them, using of soybean oil could significantly reduce the amount of petroleum required up to seven million gallons each year for the company. Soy creates a better rubber compound in tire production. It helps rubber blend easier with the silica, proving to be useful in the mixing process.
What we are interested in is the green side of this whole project. Improved tread life, increased efficiency and energy savings directly or indirectly help in reducing the impact on our environment.
Reducing the amount of petroleum-based oil used in tires itself is a big leap forward with regard to environment consciousness. It is expected that such newly produced tires could be out on sale by 2015.