Goodyear’s green tyres

Published on December 9th, 2009

It must help you sleep better at night if you have a green ride in your driveway and now Goodyear can help you roll deeper into green territory with its first concept tyres made from renewable biomass.

The fledgling of a collaboration between Goodyear and Genencor, a division of Danisco that offers products for a multitude of uses including industrial chemicals, has resulted in this breakthrough that will find its way into the commercial market soon.

The main ingredient in this green mix is BioIsoprene that is an alternative to replace a petrochemical compound produced in the manufacturing of synthetic rubber.

“We are literally rolling out an important milestone in our collaboration with Goodyear on a breakthrough biochemical. BioIsoprene is an excellent example of Danisco’s leadership in industrial biotechnology through our Genencor division,” said Tom Knutzen, Chief Executive Officer of Danisco.

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BioIsoprene is a significant development within the biochemical and rubber industries as it’s derived from renewable raw materials that pose little or no harm at all to Mother Nature. Its uses aren’t just limited to tyres and can be used to replace the petrochemical isoprene in other synthetic rubber applications such as surgical gloves, golf balls and adhesives, thus making its application extremely substantial to the industry.

“Goodyear’s first concept tyre manufactured with BioIsoprene shows the enormous progress we have made in using a bio-based alternative to the petroleum-derived raw material isoprene in our production process. The development of BioIsoprene could help us reduce industry impact on the environment by applying renewable raw materials in the supply chain and making Goodyear less dependent on oil-derived products,” added Jesse Roeck, Director of Global Materials Science at Goodyear.

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This productive tie-up between Goodyear and Genencor was announced way back in September 2008 and the commercial availability has been penned in for 2013 if all goes well.

If you happen to be in the Scandinavian region during the month of December and blonde women in Viking hats aren’t your tipple then you might want to drop by and catch the this green tyre in all its glorious rubber.

It’ll be on display at the Copenhagen International Airport on December 21 and will make a series of cameos during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen throughout December.

text: Dinesh Appavu  pix: Goodyear

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