Versalis, Chinese cos, Rubber Institute develop green tires technology

Versalis, Chinese cos, Rubber Institute to develop green tires technology

5:51 AM, 4th July 2015
Versalis, Chinese cos, Rubber Institute to develop green tires technology
Daniele Ferrari, CEO, Versalis. (File photo)

SAN DONATO MILANESE, ITALY/QUINDAO, CHINA: Versalis, the chemicals arm of Italy’s energy leader ENI and a major producer in polymers and elastomers industry, Ecombine and EVE Rubber Institute - respective subsidiary and affiliate companies of Mesnac, a Chinese global leading rubber & tire machinery corporation - said they have formed a joint technology agreement to develop an innovative technology for high performance green tires.

Versalis’ know-how in synthetic rubbers, will play a key role in attaining a breakthrough generation of tires, based on proprietary solution styrene butadiene rubber (s-SBR) and butadiene rubber (Nd-HCBR) technologies.

The scope of the partnership will be to integrate the Versalis elastomers technologies with EVE’s advanced technology for compound manufacturing (ATCM) - the innovative technology for production of advanced elastomer compounds designed for the tire market.

The combination of Versalis and EVE’s technologies is going to generate an innovative joint technology platform which will  offer to the tire market an unrivalled array of new materials with enhanced mechanical performances and environment-friendly features. The newly developed technology will be used by Versalis and EVE for joint licensing.

“In the tire business, R&D is focused on meeting the ever-growing customer requirements in terms of performances and environmental sustainability. This new partnership will be a real game changer within the tire landscape, capable to significantly upgrade the excellence of the products,” said Daniele Ferrari, CEO, Versalis.

“It is imperative that China should improve products quality and focus on innovation. EVE Rubber Institute is an advanced public research platform. We consider Eni as our most reliable partner in the new material project not only because it is one of the most influential players in the oil industry, but also a solid cooperation foundation between Italy and China, especially in the tire industry,” said Yuan Zhongxue, chairman, Mesnac.

Ecombine will cooperate with Versalis in key techniques, introducing SSBR and BR. Meanwhile, EVE rubber institute will cooperate with Versalis (Eni) in solvent recycling. The cooperation between the three parties will benefit the development of the green tire industry and improve the creativity and core competence of elastomers,” said Zhongxue.

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