Video Exclusives

Goodyear launches the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV


Discover the technologies behind Goodyear's latest SUV product...

Click here to watch the video

Cassioli's tire gantry technoloy


The gantry is a cartesian manipulator with three main axes (X, Y, Z) and a gripper device installed on the Z axis, a device made by three motorized expanding sectors, able to handle a single tire or a 2,050mm-high stack.

Click here to watch the video

Michelin connected tires


The OEM has introduced a connected tire in motorsport, which enables drivers to monitor and control tire temperature and pressure in real time.

Click here to watch the video

Can you name this winter test facility?

Industry Opinion

« back to blog listings

Back to black

Jeffrey Parks, MD of the Retread Tire Association (RTA), discusses the collaboration between RTA members Tyromer Inc. and AirBoss Rubber Solutions to develop and implement a recycled rubber product – tire-derived polymer (TDP) – which is currently being applied in AirBoss’s OTR tires.

Let’s take a look at how the two companies are succeeding in expanding the economic and environmental benefits of retreading and recycling to you.

It’s very clear that like all commodities, a tire used correctly, maintained properly, retreaded and recycled, is a greater benefit than a tire that is used once and thrown away.

Each year more than one billion scrap tires are produced globally. During the average life of a tire, only about 20% of the rubber is used up, leaving a staggering 80% of the tire that needs somewhere to go. Surprisingly, there are relatively few uses for scrap tires besides retreading and recycling.

Passenger tires in North America are retreaded on a very limited basis. We burn nearly half of them for their fuel value. Besides posing environmental air quality hazards, burning scrap rubber as TDF (tire-derived fuel) only recovers a small portion of the energy that went into making the rubber that these tires contain.

Two of the RTA member companies, Tyromer Inc. and AirBoss Rubber Solutions, are pioneering in the production of recycled rubber products in Ontario, Canada.

Tyromer Inc. was established to commercialize a rubber devulcanization technology to produce TDP by using scrap rubber in a non-chemical, environmentally friendly extrusion process. This TDP recycled product can then be mixed with new tire rubber compound for use in retreading or new tire manufacturing.

In collaboration with the AirBoss rubber compounding facility in Kitchener, Ontario, Tyromer implemented its commercial scrap tire rubber crumb devulcanization system, to produce TDP for reuse in OTR tires.

As consumers, we don’t always look at the numbers involved with the tires that we use. Let’s look at a few facts.

One of the achievements in the TDP compounding process is substantial energy savings. For example, for every ton of Tyromer TDP product used, there is a saving of about 50 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, as opposed to the energy use for producing new, virgin rubber compounds.

Today, in partnership with Tyromer, AirBoss offers its customers an OTR retread compound made with 20% TDP. With a 20% recycled product in the mix, you have reduced the need for just that much new tire rubber. For that 20%, there is tangible energy and cost savings.

For the actual user, such as a truck owner or driver, the properties of the TDP product are solid; the compound is generally very strong and can decrease the tires’ rolling resistance for more fuel efficiency.

Also, related to the mileage and efficiency of the tire, TDP can hopefully give a longer tire life – and of course the overall global benefit to the environment is a great gain, by creating new material out of what is now basically considered waste.

Interviews with Chris Bitsakakis, COO and president of the rubber solutions division at AirBoss, and Sam Visaisouk, CEO of Tyromer, will feature in next week’s newsletter.

March 6, 2018



There are currently no comments.

If you would like to post a comment about this blog, please click here.

Your email address:

Read Latest Issue

Read Latest Issue

Read Latest Issue

Web Exclusives

BKT in R&D tie-up with Kultevat
Indian tire giant BKT has entered into a research and development partnership with US biotechnology firm Kultevat to further the use of TKS rubber as a substitute for natural rubber
Read Now

Completely truckworthy
Bridgestone America's director for commercial tire development, Mitchel Kritzell, gives an update on the SuperTruck II program
Read Now

Q&A: Sam Visaisouk, CEO, Tyromer
The Retread Tire Association (RTA) speaks with Tyromer CEO, Sam Visaisouk, about the testing of its new tire-derived polymer recycled rubber product in truck and passenger car tires
Read Now

Q&A: Chris Bitsakakis, AirBoss
The Retread Tire Association speaks with Chris Bitsakakis, chief operating officer and president of the rubber solutions division at AirBoss, about the partnership with Tyromer Inc. to develop a tire-derived polymer recycled rubber product
Read Now

Yokohama installs new ice test track
Operations are now in full swing at Yokohama’s new indoor ice test facility, located at the company’s Tire Test Center of Hokkaido in Asahikawa City, Japan
Read Now

Supplier Spotlight

Supplier SpotlightWe are building a list of leading suppliers covering all aspects of the tire industry. Want to see your company included? Contact for more details.

Submit your industry opinion

Industry BlogDo you have an opinion you'd like to share with the tire technology community? We'd like to hear your views and opinions on the leading issues shaping the industry. Share your comments by sending up to 500 words to

Submit Your Recruitment Ad

Recruitment AdTo send us your recruitment advertising or to receive information on placing a banner please email