Tire makers are challenged with satisfying the changing demands for fuel efficiency, improved performance and durability—all without negatively impacting operational productivity and cost.
This paper focuses on connecting market drivers and trends with material solutions that can help manufacturers improve operations, increase sustainability and enhance performance. Working from the Eastman Technology Center of Excellence in Akron, Eastman Chemical Co. collaborates with tire makers around the world to focus on innovations in insoluble sulfur, stabilizers and performance resins.
Data presented in this paper highlight progress toward optimizing the balance of rolling resistance, wet grip and wear, while improving manufacturing outcomes in calender speed and reduced bloom events. Results included here demonstrate how research, testing and material choices help the industry keep pace with market trends and preview unique solutions for the future.