Dr. Rikki Lamba, Managing Director of Additives at PSG discusses the latest developments in additives and dispersions that help tire manufacturers overcome their biggest silica challenges for the July issue of Tire Technology International.
“Everybody is using higher silica loadings,” says Lamba, “but they struggle to cost-effectively mix and process it. SureMix CO2 reduces the viscosity of a 100phr silica compound to that of an 80phr compound. Furthermore, rolling resistance also approaches that of an 80phr compound. Therefore one can achieve the wet-rip benefits without the associated viscosity, processing, and rolling-resistance penalties of higher silica loading.”
About SureMix CO2
SureMix® performance-enhancing process aids address the need to make high silica compounds softer and easier to process while improving the stiffness of the compound after it’s cured. The product line delivers four key performance benefits:
SureMix® not only excels at silica compound performance, but it transforms the process by reducing mixing times, lowering processing costs, and optimizing cure rates. Using SureMix® helps ensure the highest performing tread compounds can be delivered with improved processability at the lowest manufacturing cost.
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