LEVERKUSEN, Germany—The trend for low-rolling-resistance tires will need to be met with improved high-performance solution styrene-butadiene rubber grades and neodymium-based performance butadiene rubber, according to the results of a survey by Lanxess A.G.
The study on the SSBR market, carried out by Stratley Portfolio Performance Inc. on behalf of Lanxess, was based on the opinions of decision-makers from 32 tire manufacturers that make up about 84 percent of global tire sales, Lanxess said.
Among the respondents, about 85 percent said they expect the new European Union tire labeling regulation to impact their daily business significantly, with most seeing this as an opportunity rather than a burden.
The study said within five years twice as SSBR will be used in passenger tires as conventional emulsion SBR. However, some 85 percent of those surveyed see the supply situation as being somewhat critical.