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Continental presents first test tyres made from dandelion rubber

3 December, 2014

International tyre manufacturer and automotive supplier Continental has reached an important milestone in its research project for the industrialisation of dandelion rubber in tyre production.

During the 65th International Motor Show of Commercial Vehicles (IAA) in Hanover, Continental presented the first test tyres made from the innovative material that the company is calling Taraxagum, derived from the botanical name for dandelion (taraxacum). The natural rubber in the treads of the test tyres was completely replaced with Taraxagum. This important step takes Continental even closer to reaching its goal of making tyre production more sustainable and less dependent from traditional raw materials.

The project’s long-term goal is to find an ecologically, economically as well as socially viable solution for the increasing natural rubber demand. The innovative material will be an important contribution to generate the growing demand for natural rubber in a sustainable way, and to reduce the variations of the natural rubber market. Russian dandelion can be cultivated on previously unused acreages in temperate regions throughout Europe, which are also close to Continental’s tyre plants. This shortens transport routes and reduces the environmental impact.

With sales of around €33.3 billion in 2013, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tyres and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental currently employs more than 186,000 people in 49 countries. As one of the world’s leading tyre manufacturers, the Continental Tyre division achieved sales of €9.6 billion in 2013, with more than 44,000 employees. The broad product range and continuous investments in R&D make a major contribution to cost-effective and ecologically efficient mobility.

 

Continental Commercial Truck tyres are distributed in NZ by TRS Tyre and Wheel Ltd, a leading distributor of specialty tyres. 
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