TYRES FROM FLOWERS
Natural rubber from rubber trees is still the main rubber component of modern tyres. Although synthetic rubber products are available, they are expensive and not able to meet all the performance requirements of natural rubber. As there is a limited supply of rubber and a move to greener production techniques, Continental has spent years investigating other sources of natural rubber. Promising alternatives are dandelion owers, which produce latex-based rubber very similar to the rubber tree. Fields of these owers can be cultivated close to production facilities, ensuring the availability of natural rubber with limited impact on the environment.