The United Soybean Board and Goodyear are continuing a partnership with a new tire featuring U.S. soy – which the company says may offer consumers more tread life and another opportunity to go green. USB New Uses Program Chair Russ Carpenter says this new tire highlights soy’s versatility in the marketplace. Goodyear is committed to caring for the environment and communities – according to Jean-Claude Kihn – Goodyear’s Chief Technical Officer – and the use of soy oil proves to be another way to accomplish this goal.
Tests by the company show soy lowers petrochemical amounts from manufacturing the tires as well as increasing the tire’s efficiency by reducing energy and greenhouse gas emissions. Goodyear believes soy oil’s increased performance could yield up to 10-percent longer tread life. The company expects the new tires to be available to consumers as early as 2015 if testing runs smoothly.
Source: NAFB News Service