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We are just kicking off two projects to demonstrate the feasibility of sustainable rubber compounding. One will focus on an EPDM extrusion compound and the other a passenger tyre tread. These compounds will utilise sustainable polymers, silica, carbon black, white filler and plasticisers, which account for a high proportion of the overall compound weight. We plan to include sustainable antidegradants and cure system chemicals in a future round of this project to attain the ultimate goal of 100% sustainable compounds.
ARTIS is funding this initial round of development to demonstrate the collaborative research capability of the Sustainable Materials Group.