AKRON-By October, all of Goodyear's 49 company-owned truck tire retreading centers are expected to have eliminated solvent-based adhesives in favor of the new ZEVOC water-based adhesive. Goodyear and ZEVOC producer Akron Paint and Varnish Inc. introduced the adhesive at the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association convention last September. Since then, Goodyear and some of its independent retreaders have been adopting the new product, considered environmentally acceptable since it contains no volatile organic compounds that could be released into the atmosphere.
The water-based adhesive is more costly than its solvent-based counterparts, but since a gallon of ZEVOC can serve up to twice as many tires as conventional products, the cost difference evens out, according to Goodyear.
``Other cost benefits may include reduced fire insurance premiums in shops that go exclusively to ZEVOC, which is completely non-combustible,'' said Tom L. Ford, general manager for Goodyear's retread systems group and its commercial truck centers.
David Venarge, president of Akron Paint and Varnish, said the industry response to ZEVOC has been ``fantastic.''
``Tire retreaders in the United Kingdom are pursuing the product and a European distributor has been established,'' Mr. Venarge said.
``Other industries, such as shoe manufacturing, sandpaper production and even golf ball makers are investigating it,'' he said.