High performance is still a key driver for innovation in the tire industry today. But it should no longer comes at the cost of the environment. So what can the tire industry do to maximize fuel efficiency and durability while cutting down on CO2 emissions, TRWP, and tire waste?
CarbonX® offers a unique alternative to conventional fillers that can help manufacturers meet the increasing demand for sustainability without compromising performance or safety.
Our material has been used to replace various carbon blacks and silica in various tire formulations. In every case, it was able to improve one or more parameters without compromising performance the others.
Click through our business cases to see CarbonX® in action…
PCR Summer Tires
X5 vs. N375 + Silica
How do you maximize fuel efficiency and durability, without compromising safety?
Silica-rich formulations are typically used in PCR tires to improve fuel efficiency and grip, but this compromises wear. Carbon black is used to improve wear further, but it comes at the cost of fuel efficiency and grip.
By using X5 to partially substitute Silica as well as N375, CarbonX® was able to improve rolling resistance, abrasion resistance, and wet grip simultaneously.
This opens up new opportunities to make more durable, lighter, and longer-lasting tires with greater fuel efficiency, which ultimately leads to a reduction in TRWP, CO2 emissions, and tire waste. The need for less material also contributes to greater resource efficiency during production.
X1 vs. N375
*available in commercial tire from autumn 2021
How do you improve wear without compromising fuel efficiency or grip?
Silica-rich formulations are typically used to improve fuel efficiency (and grip), but this compromises wear. Carbon black is used to improve wear further, but it comes at the cost of fuel efficiency and grip.
By using X1 to replace N375 in a commercial formulation, CarbonX® improved abrasion resistance, durability, and winter handling without compromising fuel efficiency or grip.
CarbonX® can be used to make more durable, longer-lasting tires without compromising fuel efficiency or safety. Reducing tread thickness results in lighter tires, which improves fuel efficiency while reducing TRWP, CO2 emissions, and tire waste.
X1 vs. N115
How do you improve fuel efficiency without sacrificing the high wear resistance?
Truck tires are designed to maximize wear resistance in order to balance out the extra heavy loads. Typically, a high-surface, high-structure carbon like N115 is used to meet high wear resistance targets. But it comes at the cost of rolling resistance and fuel efficiency.
Using N115 as benchmark for abrasion resistance, CarbonX® was able to meet the wear target and improve rolling resistance, adding fuel efficiency without compromising durability. Because X1-based compounds have particularly low hysteresis, heat build-up was also improved. The improvement of heat build-up and abrasion resistance both contribute to greater longevity and safety.
Bicycle Racing Tires
X5 vs. N200/N300
How do you improve speed while maintaining grip (and wear)?
Bike racers want speed and grip at the same time. But conventional fillers cannot improve grip without compromising speed/rolling resistance. To find an optimum between the two, a mixture of carbons are generally used.
By using X5, CarbonX® generated a dramatic improvement in rolling resistance to increase speed without compromising grip or wear. CarbonX® was able to make bicycle racing tires much faster without compromising safety or longevity – keeping the focus on the racer’s safety and chances of success.
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