Synthetic Tire Rubber — Perfect Solution To The Future Need  

January 15, 2006

By: David Parker

Synthetic Tire Rubber — Perfect Solution To The Future Need

During the last few years synthetic tire rubber is in demand as the sources of natural rubber are limited, so we have to increase our dependency in synthetic rubber compounds. Moreover, synthetic rubber is more durable and can be modified according to your exact driving condition. We know rubber is the first most valuable and important compound of tires. Due to heavy demands, the natural rubber prices are accelerating like anything, so companies are devising new rubber compounds to meet the demand. By keeping this fact in mind Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is looking to "tap" into several new proprietary synthetic and man-made rubber products that could help the company reduce its natural rubber dependency by as much as 15 percent over the next few years. Synthetic tires rubber is as good as natural rubber and sometimes more durable as compared to natural rubber compounds.

Goodyear, no doubt, has long been considered a leader in tire rubber, and recently it has developed synthetic rubber for tires to meet special demands for high-performance, long lasting and durable tires. Goodyear’s rubber development capabilities go back to 1837, when Charles Goodyear received his first patent (US patent #240) for a process that made rubber an easier product to work with. But exactly, this was not the patent Charles Goodyear is best recognized for, as in 1843, he discovered that if you removed the sulfur from rubber then heated it, it would retain its elasticity, and precisely this process is called vulcanization which makes rubber waterproof and winter-proof and opened the door for an enormous market for rubber goods. As a result, on June 24, 1844, Charles Goodyear was granted patent #3,633 for manufactured vulcanized rubber.

Although, there are other products as well which are manufactured using synthetic rubber and polymers, but tire production is the biggest consumer of manufactured and natural rubber. The business uses the vast majority of the emulsion and solution Styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR), polybutadiene rubber, and isoprene rubber that is manufactured. Biggest industry on which the rubber industry depends is the tire industry. Many other specific companies are also there in this field, which cater to tire industry. For example, Firestone Polymers is a global supplier of polymeric materials to the rubber, plastics, adhesive, asphalt, and dipped goods markets. Their Diene solution-polymerized polybutadiene rubber grades are used in a variety of applications, which include tires, mechanical rubber goods, and golf balls. Additionally, Firestone's solution polymerization technology allows the microstructure to be changed to suit specific needs.

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