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Trinseo ramps up production


The supplier recently inaugurated its state-of-the-art S-SBR pilot plant in Sckopau, Germany and increased capacity there by 50kt

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Metal additive manufacturing


The process developed by Michelin has enabled production of winter tire molds for tread patterns with up to 3,000 sipes and over 2,000 siping designs.

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Retread plant tour


This video produced by the Tire Retread and Repair Bureau highlights the benefits of retreading, taking viewers on a tour of a retread factory to learn more about the process, which brings new life to old tires.

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As tire makers continue to develop the latest smart tire concepts and innovations, which technology would you most like to see put into production first?


SHOW LIVE: Visitors discover self-sealing rubber compound from Arlanxeo

News on the show floor on Day 1 came from Arlanxeo with its innovative new self-sealing rubber compound. The solution offers a replacement for a spare wheel, repair kit or runflat tire. When the compound is applied on the interior of the tire, any holes that occur are automatically sealed, so the driver can continue on his way. The tire is sealed immediately, regardless of the location and environment, while the vehicle is in motion.

Matthias Gotta, head of global sales and marketing in the tire and speciality rubbers business unit (BU TSR), explained, “To ensure that our compound can guarantee optimal sealing in any climate zone regardless of the speed a vehicle is travelling, we are currently carrying out further tests under extreme conditions following successful laboratory tests. Even in the case of strongly fluctuating external temperatures, the tires must be sealed to the same standard.”

Once field tests have been successfully completed, the compound will be launched on the market later in 2018.

Frank Lückgen, global marketing director for tires, BU TSR at Arlanxeo, added, “As a spare tire and the corresponding tools are no longer required, the weight of the vehicle and subsequently also its energy consumption are further reduced. In the case of electric vehicles, this can result in a longer range, for example.”

Visit Arlanxeo at Stand 4014 at Tire Technology Expo 2018 to find out more about its new rubber compound. The show runs until 22 February. More information at

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