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By TT News| Feb 24, 2021

Bridgestone Launches TECHSYN To Deliver Better Wear Efficiency & Rolling Resistance

Bridgestone, Arlanxeo and Solvay have brought their expertise together and introduced TECHSYN, a new tyre technology platform to deliver better wear efficiency, rolling resistance and wet grip.

Bridgestone said TECHSYN is a combination of optimised synthetic rubber and tailormade silica, interacting at a molecular level that delivers 30 percent better wear efficiency and reduces rolling resistance by 6 percent, compared to other conventional Bridgestone EMIA4 summer products.

To ensure less tyre wear material loss, the companies focused on performance improvements in tyre wear throughout the development of TECHSYN.

All three industry leaders Bridgestone, Arlanxeo, and Solvay, transformed from concept to reality in just 24 months.

The Japanese's tyre maker now plans to bring in TECHSYN for mass production, with various tyre categories.

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 enhance a tyre's wet grip instead. 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. Thanks to the unique flexibility it enables, it can do so in combination with Bridgestone's other leading tyre technologies. For example, when used alongside Bridgestone's lightweight ENLITEN Technology, the tyre's weight can be further reduced while retaining its performance.

Commenting on the announcement, Laurent Dartoux, President & CEO, Bridgestone EMIA said: "At Bridgestone, we fundamentally believe that ground-breaking innovation and the future of mobility can't be achieved without collaboration. The partnership in which TECHSYN is rooted has evolved to become one of the most unique we have ever been part of. As a global leader in advanced solutions and sustainable mobility, we're moving forward with innovation and sustainability at the core of everything we do at Bridgestone. Through developing environmentally-driven solutions like TECHSYN, we're making great progress on delivering against that ambition."

Arlanxeo's CEO, Donald Chen, also commented: "We at Arlanxeo are committed to delivering outstanding, customer-centric, elastomer solutions. By bringing together in partnership the combined know-how, skill and creativity of three world-class companies that are championing different parts of the tyre supply chain, we have been able to develop a new technology platform that offers new ways to address challenges specific to the tyre industry. TECHSYN enables improved fuel economy and tyre wear properties at the same time, with no performance trade-offs. As a result, tyres made with TECHSYN contribute to reduced CO2 emissions. Therefore this technology makes a significant contribution to improving environmental aspects, which is at the heart of the shared vision for sustainable product solutions held by the three companies that made it all happen."

 

Dr Ilham Kadri, Solvay's CEO, added: "TECHSYN demonstrates what can be achieved when key actors in the value chain join forces. To protect our one and only planet, we must reinvent, collaborate and co-construct solutions to design tomorrow's cleaner mobility. I'm proud of all the teams who contributed to this project, in particular the speed with which they brought this innovation to reality."

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