LONDON — Bridgestone Corp. is partnering with two of its key materials suppliers in the development of "novel" tire polymers that Bridgestone claims will allow it to improve tread life and cut rolling resistance without impacting other performance parameters.
The collaboration, which the partners are calling "TechSyn," involves Arlanxeo Performance Elastomers, the Dutch producer of synthetic polymers, and Solvay, the Belgian specialist in fillers for polymers, especially silica.
The new venture taps into Solvay's expertise in advanced silica materials and Arlanxeo's expertise in developing and producing novel tire polymers, combined with Bridgestone's "innovative" compound technology, executives of the three companies said today during a webinar organized by European Rubber Journal.
Working together over the past 24 months, the three companies crafted TechSyn as a "technology platform" designed to deliver "unrivaled" strength and environmental performance with no tradeoffs by combining "chemically optimized" synthetic rubber with "tailor-made" silica, interacting at a molecular level.
The partnership in effect allows the companies to enlarge the parameters of the classic performance trade-off triangle to make possible improvements in more than one area without compromising the others, according to Herman Dikland, chief technology officer with Arlanxeo.