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SHOW LIVE: Legislation to drive naphthenic oil growth

Nynas’s naphthenic oils have long been used as softeners in tire compounds. And with good results in reducing rolling resistance, the products have been much in demand from tire companies conscious of current or future label programs. “Labeling is making a real difference,” says Nynas’s marketing manager for tires, Thorsten Lutze, “not only in Europe but also Korea, the USA and South America.”

Lutze notes that the forthcoming label legislation in Brazil also includes a low-PAH regulation similar to the one that’s already worked to Nynas’s advantage in Europe. The result, he says, will be a big change in the Latin American tire market.

With Russia also considering legislation that will demand more environmentally friendly tires, the potential market size for Nynas’s naphthenic products is set to increase. Lutze says that existing capacity could handle such a growth in demand, but that the company also hopes to add to its production capabilities in the near future.


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