This article looks at the trends in tire materials into the next decade, with a look first at a number of factors which will influence these trends. Those factors examined include population statistics and economic growth rates, the source and cost of energy, the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) regulations, and automobile downsizing. The downsizing of tires will continue and the reliability will increase to the point where automobiles will no longer be equipped with spare tires. Use of predominantly radial tires will increase the consumption of national rubber. Factors offsetting natural rubber usage will be downsizing, retreading, and synthetic polyisoprene. Current forecasts show synthetic rubber consumption increasing into the 1990's at a greater rate worldwide than that of natural rubber. Also included in this article is a discussion of tire performance characteristics, including rolling resistance, treadwear, air retention, ride and handling, long term durability, and uniformity. Final discussion centers on biotechnology and genetic engineering of plants to produce the botanochemicals which can be the source of additives that comprise tire composites.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Communication Channels, Incorporated

    6151 Powers Ferry Road, N.W.
    Atlanta, GA  United States  30339-2941
  • Authors:
    • Stuchal, F W
  • Publication Date: 1984-1

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 13-17
  • Serial:
    • Elastomerics
    • Volume: 116
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Communication Channels, Incorporated

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00389411
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-036 665
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM