HANNOVER, Germany — Synthetic rubber producer Arlanxeo Performance Elastomers has developed an elastomer compound that it claims seals punctures, making it ideal for use in self-sealing tires.
Arlanxeo — a joint venture of Germany's Lanxess A.G. and Saudi Aramco of Saudi Arabia — did not disclose specifics as to the type of elastomer nor say how it's similar to or different from materials already in use by tire makers such as Continental A.G., Goodyear, Hankook Tire Co. Ltd., Kumho Tire Co. Inc., Group Michelin, Pirelli Tyre S.p.A. and Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd.
"With our development, we are giving an important impulse for the mobility of tomorrow," said Frank Lückgen, global marketing director, tire, at Arlanxeo's Tire & Specialty Rubbers (TSR) business unit.
"As a spare tire and the corresponding tools are no longer required, the weight of the vehicle and subsequently also its energy consumption are further reduced," Mr. Lückgen said. "In the case of electric vehicles, this can result in a longer range, for example."