October 07, 2019
It sounds futuristic, but by 2050 approximately 80% of the raw material in tyres produced by the French manufacturer Michelin will be sustainable and 20% biodegradable.
This new development will be due to the use of second generation (non-food) biomass for the replacement of butadine. Butadine is a fossil fuel based polymer used for the production of synthetic rubber – a major part in modern tyres and cause of a variety of particle pollution in the air (especially PM 2.5 and PM 10), as well as soil and water due to abrasion.
Research within this 70 million Euro project supported by the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management, called BioButterfly, is now in its finalising stage before full-scale implementation for tyre production. With this, Michelin is at the forefront of an industrial response to environmental pollution due to adverse chemical components in the polymer chain.