GURUGRAM, India — Apollo Tyres Ltd. has unveiled a concept farm tire built with 75% sustainable materials, in line with its strategy to increase the use of sustainable raw materials in products to 40% by 2030.
The concept farm tire incorporates nine compounding ingredients from sustainable resources, including recycled rubber, sustainable carbon black from end-of-life tires, bio-based oil, recycled nylon, and bead wires processed with higher recycled content, Apollo said.
The concept tires incorporate "sustainable natural rubber, sourced from suppliers who have public commitments to sourcing and/or traceable to plantation, in accordance with the company's sustainable natural rubber policy."
PK Mohamed, Apollo's chief research and development adviser, called the development a "big milestone in the sustainability journey of Apollo Tyres."
The company, the No. 14 tire maker worldwide based on revenue, declared its aspiration late last year to be carbon neutral by 2050.
According to the company official, the tire is being "tested extensively" before being sold commercially.
The product, Mohamed added, marks a major milestone for Apollo in terms of becoming an "early mover" in the sustainability space, particularly in India.
The concept tire was manufactured at Apollo Tyres' Perambra plant in Kerala, in southern India.