By Patrick Raleigh, Crain News Service
COLOGNE, Germany (Feb. 18, 2015) — Tire labeling is placing increasing strain on the capacity of test laboratories within the tire manufacturing sector, according to Christian Leger, senior vice president and global business director of Solvay Silica.
Along with an increasing flow of product-development work, the need to test for compliance with Europe's tire labeling scheme for rolling resistance, wet grip and tire noise “is jamming customer laboratories,” Mr. Leger told European Rubber Journal, at Tire Technology Expo (TTE).
Mr. Leger was explaining the four-year development program behind Solvay Silica's new Efficium highly dispersible silica (HDS). The product was launched during the TTE show, staged Feb. 10-12 in Cologne.
With the number of new technologies increasing rapidly, Mr. Leger said “our customers have so many options to consider, making it more difficult to pick the right one. They have to decide where to prioritize.”