Suppliers

Goodyear Is Using Renewable Soybean Oil-Based Rubber in Tires

Posted on August 29, 2017

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has introduced a tread compound using soybean oil. The company says it is the first commercial use of a soybean oil-based rubber compound.

The new tire technology was developed with support from the United Soybean Board (USB).

A Goodyear team of scientists and engineers created a tread compound, or formulation, using soybean oil, which is naturally derived, cost-effective, carbon-neutral and renewable.

 “Goodyear’s legacy of innovation drives us to continue to apply new technology solutions, developing superior performing tires that meet consumer demands,” says Eric Mizner, Goodyear’s director of global materials science.

By employing soybean oil in tires, Goodyear says it found a new way to help keep the rubber compound pliable in changing temperatures, a key performance achievement in maintaining and enhancing the vehicle’s grip on the road surface.

Goodyear’s tests have shown rubber made with soybean oil mixes more easily in the silica-reinforced compounds used in manufacturing certain tires. This also improves manufacturing efficiency and reduces energy consumption.

Goodyear cooperated on the project with the USB, a group of farmer-directors. The USB provided some funding support for the development of Goodyear’s soybean oil application in tires.

The commercialization of soybean oil in tires as the latest technology breakthrough by Goodyear builds on the company’s other recent innovations, such as the use of silica derived from rice husk ash, another component Goodyear is using in certain consumer tires, along with current and past uses of components such as carbon fiber, DuPont Kevlar, volcanic sand and more.

For more information about Goodyear or its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate.

Related Topics: Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., soybean oil, tread compounds

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
News Cardone Extends Deadline to Enter Tech Video Contest

Cardone Industries Inc. has extended the deadline to enter its tech video competition to Jan. 31, 2018. The contest will award $5,000 to the top original video showing the installation or service of an under-the-hood or under-the-car automotive part.

Toyo says the M588 is a value alternative for severe-use vehicles.
News Toyo M588 Is Designed for Heavy-Duty On- and Off-Road Use

The M588 heavy duty on/off-road drive tire from Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. is built for severe service applications, such as oil, gas, mining and logging operations.

Bridgestone and Nashville leaders celebrated the grand opening of the company's headquarters and the extension of the company's naming rights for Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators. From left are Predators executives Sean Henry, CEO and president, and Thomas Cigarran, co-owner and chairman, and Bridgestone Americas executives Chris Karbowiak, chief administrative office and executive vice president, and Godon Knapp, president and CEO.
News Bridgestone Officially Opens New Headquarters and Extends Arena Partnership

Bridgestone Americas Inc. officially opened its new headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., and announced the city’s professional sports and entertainment venue will continue to be called Bridgestone Arena through 2025.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from MTD delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the tire industry and don't miss a thing!