SEOUL, South Korea — Nexen Tire Corp. has built a demonstration tire it claims is made with 52% sustainable material.
The tire is composed of 44% renewable materials, Nexen said, including natural rubber, bio-based synthetic rubber and silica made from rice husk waste residue as well as 8% recycled materials, such as polyester cord from recycled plastic PET bottles and bead wire from scrap iron using an electric arc furnace.
The company said the tire is an example of its "extensive activities in pursuit of sustainability."
"This research demonstrates our commitment to becoming one of the most forward-thinking tire companies in terms of ESG," Nexen said.
"We looked into new technologies and identified opportunities for the future. As a result, our team's dedication demonstrated our ability to produce a tire with 52% sustainable raw materials. (Nexen's) innovation in building a better future continues."