"This is a big milestone in the sustainability journey of Apollo Tyres," P.K. Mohamed, Apollo's chief adviser for R&D, said in a statement. "Being the early movers in this space, especially in India, and with investments in R&D and manufacturing toward achieving the 40-percent sustainable-material target by 2030, we have been able to develop this tire with 75-percent sustainable materials, which is now being tested extensively before being commercialized."
So what went into the sustainable tire?
A whole lot of recycled materials, some bio-based oils and little bit of transparency.
This included the use of recycled rubber, sustainable carbon black from end-of-life tires, bio-based oil, recycled nylon and bead wire processed with higher recycled content. Apollo also used Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber-certified base polymers with bio-circular-based feedstocks.
That's a recipe that fits well into Apollo's vision for sustainable products. The company said in December it planned to achieve its 40-percent sustainable materials goals by using biomaterials to make up 30-percent materials usage. Recycled materials, Apollo expects, will account for about 10 percent of the tire.
The 75-percent sustainable materials tire was manufactured by Apollo Tyres' Perambra factory in Kerala—the company's first manufacturing facility.