09 May 2013 22:21 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Bridgestone Americas (BSA) will soon begin construction on its Biorubber Process Research Center in Arizona to develop the use of the Guayule plant as an alternative natural source for rubber, the tyre and rubber manufacturer said on Thursday.
A groundbreaking ceremony at the Mesa site is scheduled for 16 May, and the first rubber samples for tyre evaluation are expected by mid-2015, the company said.
“This significant research investment in the Biorubber Process Research Center marries Bridgestone's commitment to innovation and its environmental stewardship,” said Bill Niaura, BSA’s director of new business development.
“Our new, remarkable facility will enable us to work to develop an additional domestic and sustainable source of rubber for our products,” he added.
Guayule is a perennial shrub in southwestern US and northern Mexico that produces natural rubber in its bark and roots.
BSA will operate the pilot farm and process research facility, and Tokyo-headquartered Bridgestone Corporation will provide the funding and strategic insights for the project.
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