The tire industry is constantly innovating, from sustainable materials to revamped structures. In the midst of this innovation, the tire industry stumbled upon an unlikely solution: rubber that resists wear and tear longer and more effectively, while also becoming more affordable.
The key to this new solution? Limonene.
What Is Limonene?
Limonene is a natural, renewable resource extracted from the rind of fruit, such as oranges and lemons. It is a hydrocarbon, and when it is incorporated into rubber products, it acts as an “active agent”, providing improved physical characteristics—such as improved resistance to wear, shearing and abrasion—while also making the tire more affordable.
The Benefits of Limonene
Limonene presents numerous benefits to the tire industry. These include:
- Improved Wear and Tear Resistance: Limonene increases the rubber’s tensile strength, which reduces wear and tear.
- Better Road Adhesion: Limonene increases rubber adhesion by 40%, providing better road control and lower rolling resistance.
- Sustainable: Limonene is a renewable resource, so its use reduces carbon footprint and helps protect the environment.
- Cost-Effective:Using Limonene vastly reduces the cost of tire production, making it an affordable option.
The Future of Rubber
Limonene is transforming the tire industry and making rubber an environmentally friendly, cost-effective option. With such a game-changing advancement, the tire industry is on the brink of major innovation, making rubber a smarter, more sustainable choice than ever before.
The future of rubber looks bright—thanks to the active agent that made it all possible: limonene.