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SHOW LIVE: Cabot’s new reinforcement materials

Cabot Corporation has responded to the recent rise in silica usage in passenger car tires by investing in R&D. The goal is to produce its own high-performing reinforcement material to allow it to compete with silica, particularly in the passenger car tread market, where traditional carbon black is losing market share.

The first results of Cabot's work are being revealed at Tire Technology Expo 2013 in a conference presentation by Theo Al, the company's global director of rubber blacks technical service and application development. As can be seen from the graphic, the as-yet unnamed products offer improved, silica-style rolling-resistance performance without loss of wear or grip properties. Moreover, they’re said to be process-friendly in the style of traditional carbon black, with no coupling agents required.

Cabot's new reinforcing agents are still in the early development phase, but have already been tested in a physical tire with promising results. Now the company is seeking market feedback before pursuing the next phases of development with key customers.


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