Tyres of the fu­ture

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors -

A tyre made en­tirely from nat­u­ral rub­ber de­rived from a desert shrub has been de­vel­oped by Bridge­stone.

The break­through us­ing the guayule plant could help to save the rain­forests of south east Asia.

Bridge­stone says it has set a tar­get of pro­duc­ing all of its tyres en­tirely from sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als by 2050.

Guayule is a shrub na­tive to the dry re­gions of the south western United States and north­ern Mexico and nat­u­ral rub­ber is con­tained in the plant’s barks and roots.

The new tyres were made at the Bridge­stone Tech­ni­cal Cen­tre in Ja­pan and used guayule rub­ber cul­ti­vated in Mesa, Ari­zona in the United States.

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