Wood chips to make tires? Michelin has new trends

- Oct 18, 2018-

Recently, Michelin has announced a new research plan, which intends to replace the organic elastomer in tire production with wood chip products, which means that the future tire manufacturing will be able to get rid of the extreme dependence on oil.

According to Cyrille Roget, director of the Michelin Science and Innovation Public Relations Department, the timber will come from industrial waste, and progress in research and development will make it closer to achieving sustainable and recyclable tires.

Roget said that nearly 80% of the standard car tires come from the oil industry. From the source, planting trees is much easier than drilling oil wells, and oil is a short-term non-renewable energy source.

Rubber will still be an important part of this tire, but Michelin hopes to achieve further sustainability and plans to bring this concept tire to consumers in 2020.

“We are still working on 3D printing technology for rubber or polymers,” adds Roget. “We are in the early stages of this technology, which will be completed in the next 10 to 15 years, but the arrival of new technologies may change this. length of time."