07 June 2013 17:18 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--A recently patented silica masterbatch technology has been demonstrated for use in full-scale production facilities, two elastomer producers announced on Friday.
Tyres produced with this silica masterbatch technology offer a range of benefits comparable to tyres made with conventional dry silica mixing technology, said US-based Cooper Tire and Mexico-based Industrias Negromex in a press release.
The two companies joined together to develop and patent the silica masterbatch process.
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Silica use in tyre production has grown in recent years because it helps with automobile fuel economy by reducing tyre rolling resistance, as well as with extending tread life.
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