The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has developed a new tyre technology in the US by using soybean oil-based rubber compound, the company said in a release.

A team of Goodyear scientists and engineers along with the support from United Soybean Board–a US soybean farmers’ body, has created a tread compound, using soybean oil, which is naturally derived, cost effective, carbon-neutral and renewable, the release said.

Soybean oil can help keep a tyre’s rubber compound pliable in changing temperatures–a key performance achievement in maintaining and enhancing vehicle grip on road surface, the release said.

The company’s internal tests have shown that rubber made with soybean oil mixes more easily in the silica-reinforced compounds used in manufacturing certain tyres, Goodyear said.

Soybean oil will improve manufacturing efficiency and reduce energy consumption, it said.

“Goodyear’s legacy of innovation drives us to continue to apply new technology solutions, developing superior performing tires that meet consumer demands,” Goodyear’s director of global materials science Eric Mizner was quoted as saying.

Additionally, Goodyear has introduced a range of winter tyres for its customers with a foam insert designed to soak up air vibration inside the tyre cavity. This soaks up air vibrations and is supposed to reduce tyre noise by half.

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