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Bridgestone launches new tyre technology platform

Bridgestone has helped launch Techsyn, a new co-developed tyre technology platform which it says will enable tyres to deliver unrivalled strength and environmental performance.

It was launched alongside Arlanxeo, a world-leading synthetic rubber producer, and Solvay, one of the world´s top science companies and worldwide leader in Highly Dispersible Silica (HDS), both for innovation and for manufacturing.

Techsyn combines chemically optimised synthetic rubber with tailormade silica, interacting at a molecular level, to deliver “outstanding performance with no trade-offs”, Bridgestone says.

Each material found in Techsyn was developed in parallel by the three companies to create a tyre technology platform that provides unrivalled performance. It is claimed to enable tyres to achieve up to 30 per cent better wear efficiency and a rolling resistance that is reduced by up to six per cent, compared to other conventional Bridgestone EMIA summer products, without compromising any other performance areas.

With the goal of ensuring less tyre wear material loss, Bridgestone says extra focus was placed on performance improvements in tyre wear throughout the development of Techsyn. This new technology is also set to reduce overall fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and enhancing tread mileage.

Bridgestone claims Techsyn has the unique ability to balance a tyre’s performance across rolling resistance, wear and wet grip, and can be further adapted to meet varying needs. For example, Techsyn’s wear advantage can be converted to instead enhance the wet grip of a tyre.

The flexibility Techsyn provides is made possible thanks to Solvay’s unique advanced silica developments, Arlanxeo’s expertise in developing, manufacturing and delivering novel tyre polymers and Bridgestone’s innovative compound technology.

Techsyn has been designed to bring its benefits to various tyre categories and vehicles and, thanks to the unique flexibility it enables, can do so in combination with Bridgestone’s other leading tyre technologies. For example, when used alongside Bridgestone’s lightweight Enliten Technology, it’s possible for the tyre’s weight to be further reduced while retaining its performance.

Bridgestone says it is preparing implementation of Techsyn for mass production, with various tyre categories and vehicles in mind. Bridgestone, Arlanxeo and Solvay have developed a roadmap of technologies where close collaboration will be essential to move along the pattern identified with Techsyn and create even more effective synergies.