Sumitomo, Kultevat join hands to manufacture eco-friendly tyres

Published On 04-Jun-2016By TyreDekho Team

Eco-friendly tyres

Sumitomo Rubber Industries and American Biotechnology firm Kultevat Inc. have entered into an agreement to accelerate the research and development of Russian Dandelion (Taraxicum kok-saghya ) that will be used as an alternative of natural rubber in tyre manufacturing.

Currently, Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd is highly dependent upon Hevea rubber plantations of Southeast Asia for sourcing of latex.

Kultevat Inc. is a biotechnology firm that caters to agricultural markets mainly for producing rubber and mixed sugar feedstock for bio-fuel market. This technology exchange will compliment Sumitomo's efforts to develop environmentally-sustainable tyres. The outcome of this link-up is likely to result in development of tyres that will be 100 per cent fossil resource free, fuel-efficient and will include run-flat technology.

Sumitomo's spokesperson said, "We are now examining the potential of Russian Dandelions as a new, alternative source of natural rubber to possibly replace the conventional source of natural rubber: Para rubber trees."

Meanwhile, Kultevat is developing and testing different varieties of dandelion for increasing productivity of rubber in greenhouse and field trials in the US. through its partnership with Keygene Inc., a Holland-based plant-breeding firm.

Kultevat CEO Daniel Swiger said, "The firm's commercialization strategy calls for the company to sell into specialty rubber markets at the outset while the company continues working with the Sumitomo Rubber Industries to develop products for their purposes. We have engaged a number of customers and are currently growing TKS for processing and rubber for prototype and testing purposes," Swiger said. "We expect commercial sales of rubber beginning in 2016," he added.

One of the main goals of Kultevat is to increase the yield of rubber by cultivating high productive varieties of dandelions (TKS) in various North American locations. The company is also focusing on development of green technologies for extracting the required product from the plant tissues.

"We expect the development of TKS as an economically-viable source of rubber will allow SRI to provide a steady supply of high-performance tyres with low environmental impact to a greater number of customers in the future," said SRI President Ikuji Ikeda.

You Might Also Be Interested In

Latest Tyres

  • Car
  • Bike
  • Truck
  • SPORTRAD
    SPORTRAD
    110/70Z R17 54W
    Rs5,999
    • iconBike Tyre
    • icon
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • Zapper C1
    Zapper C1
    90/100 R10
    Rs1,345
    • iconBike Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • Centauro NS
    Centauro NS
    190/55 R17
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconBike Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • Smart Blaze RYDR BR43
    Smart Blaze RYDR BR43
    140/70-17
    Rs4,200
    • iconBike Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • Conta 725
    Conta 725
    90/90 R12
    Rs1,490
    • iconBike Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • icon5
    M6303
    M6303
    90/90 R12 54J
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconBike Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • BT SPORTMAXX
    BT SPORTMAXX
    140/70 R17
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconBike Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • Feelfree
    Feelfree
    120/70 R15 56H M/C
    Price Coming Soon
    • iconBike Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers

Best Tyres

  • Car
  • Bike
  • Truck
  • SecuraDrive
    SecuraDrive
    205/60 R16
    Rs6,870
    • iconCar Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • Fuel Smarrt
    Fuel Smarrt
    165/80 R14 85T
    Rs3,720
    • iconCar Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel efficient
    • iconDry Grip
    View April Offers
  • Sturdo
    Sturdo
    205/55 R16
    Rs10,814
    • iconCar Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • Milaze
    Milaze
    145 R12
    Rs1,976
    • iconCar Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel Efficient
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • ZVTV
    ZVTV
    185/65 R15 88T
    Rs4,299
    • iconCar Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconWet Grip
    • iconDry Grip
    View April Offers
  • ZLX
    ZLX
    165/80 R14 85T
    Rs4,683
    • iconCar Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconWet Grip
    • iconDry Grip
    View April Offers
  • icon5
    Energy XM2
    Energy XM2
    165/70 R14 81T
    Rs3,880
    • iconCar Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconHandling
    • iconWet Grip
    View April Offers
  • icon5
    Earth-1E400
    Earth-1E400
    185/65 R15 88H
    Rs6,563
    • iconCar Tyre
    • iconTubeless
    • iconFuel efficient
    • iconHandling
    View April Offers
×
Which is your city ?