A tire made from soybean oil is launched in Argentina

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The first tire with Goodyear soybean oil produced in Latin America.

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Far from the puncture-proof or conceptual Michelin tires for self-driving flying cars, Goodyear has just presented in Argentina the first tires made with a compound of soybean oil which replaces the petroleum derivative.

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It is called the new tire Wrangler workhorse AT and this is directed to the segment of To collect Y SUV.

According to the company, thanks to this new compound, it improves its performance over its predecessor (Wrangler Armortrac) in terms of mileage, handling in the wet and improves traction on all types of terrain.

The new compound improves performance over the previous model.

The new compound improves performance over the previous model.

ecological tire

The Wrangler Workhorse AT line is the first produced in Latin America with soybean oilproviding greater sustainability to a petroleum-derived product.

Franco Buscaglia, marketing manager of Goodyear Argentina, believes that consumers’ attention to environmental issues has strengthened in recent times, worrying even more about the future of the planet.

In addition to being a renewable compound, the soybean oil used offers a better performance at varying temperatures and improves its performance.

Goodyear is working on several prototypes containing sustainable materials.

Goodyear is working on several prototypes containing sustainable materials.

Designed for mixed use, the Wrangler Workhorse tread pattern has an optimized construction and design with longer lugs, which offer better handling on tarmac and longer tread life.

It also has wider grooves which help the evacuation of water and guarantee the contact of the tire with the asphalt, improving its performance in the wet.

In tests conducted in the laboratory and on the Goodyear test bench, the new tire achieved a 20% higher mileage and 4.6% improvement in fuel consumption. compared to its predecessor, the Wrangler Armortrac.

In terms of performance and handling, it achieved a 22% higher result in aquaplaning cornering and a 4% higher result in wet braking than its predecessor.

In early 2022, Goodyear introduced a tire with 70% sustainable material content, including the use of recycled materials.

In early 2022, Goodyear introduced a tire with 70% sustainable material content, including the use of recycled materials.

sustainable path

At the beginning of 2022, Goodyear had already presented a prototype tire with a 70% content of sustainable materialsincluding the use of recycled materials.

For example, the use of soybean oil helps maintain the flexibility of the rubber compound of a tire as the temperature changes.

The soybean oil it is a biological resource that reduces the use of petroleum products. While nearly 100% of soy protein is used in food and feed applications, a significant surplus of oil remains available for use in industrial applications.

For its part, the carbon black which is used to strengthen the compound and help increase its useful life, has traditionally been obtained by burning various types of petroleum products.

The use of soybean oil helps maintain the flexibility of the rubber compound

The use of soybean oil helps maintain the flexibility of the rubber compound

In the new Goodyear tire incorporates three different carbon blacks which are produced from methane, carbon dioxide and vegetable oil.

Initial life cycle assessments demonstrate reduced carbon emissions compared to current carbon black production methods.

It also has a unique variety of silica (ingredient used in tires to improve grip and reduce fuel consumption) produced from rice husk ash, a by-product of rice processing that is often discarded and deposited in landfills.

Even the polyester it is recycled from plastic bottles and other plastic waste, returning polyester to its basic chemicals and reforming it into technically viable quality polyester for tire ropes.

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