Goodyear will always focus on making high-performance tires. But in a world of dwindling resources, we also consider how to produce them responsibly.
Optimization of materials
The optimization of materials is one of the key elements of our innovation approach. Therefore we carefully evaluate the raw materials we use and constantly look into more sustainable alternatives. Revolutionary bio-materials, such as rice husk ash silica and soy bean oil, have exciting potential. They can reduce energy consumption and decrease CO2 emissions during the life of the tire as well as during production.
In particular the use of soybean oil in tires can have a positive impact on both consumers and the environment. How? For the consumer, the overall tire performance improves with enhanced wet grip and increased mileage, extending the tire tread life by around 10 percent. At the same time this renewable material can make our tires more environmental friendly by reducing Goodyear’s use of petroleum-based oil by up to seven million gallons each year.
Researchers at Goodyear’s Innovation Center also found that rubber compounds made with soybean oil blend more easily with the silica used in building tires. This can increase plant efficiency and reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.