Financial pressures make ‘buying cheap’ a temptation for vehicle owners faced with a raft of spiralling expenses, but ATS Euromaster urges motorists not to compromise on tyre safety, especially heading into the more hazardous winter months. This call comes at a time when consumer trends suggest an increasing number of drivers are attempting to save money by opting for part-worn tyres instead of new.
Bridgestone Corporation has commenced a joint programme with four other parties to develop chemical recycling technologies that can deliver high yields of isoprene from end-of-life tyres (ELTs). Earlier today it also announced the launch of a joint research and development project with one of these entities, Eneos Corporation, to extract raw materials from ELTs using pyrolysis with the aim of further using these materials to make new tyres.
TireTech has presented an automated solution to grade used tyres for reuse or disposal. The new and already patented, modularly configurable TP1 with Tire Measurement Reporting System (TMRS) can examine up to 400 used car tyres per hour. According to customer specifications it can sort and dispatch these for further application, such as retreading. Brain and Staudinger claim they’ve finally “brought automation to arbitrary, manual car tyre testing.” Click here for more details.
A consolidated report on used tyres arising in Europe in 2016 shows 94 per cent were collected and treated. In compiling the data, the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA), consolidated used tyre (UT) management data for 2016 covering 32 countries, including the EU28, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, and Turkey.