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Goodyear sets goal to fully replace petroleum-derived oils by 2040

Goodyear is committed to delivering innovative products that help change the world and drive a more sustainable future. 

When responsibly sourced, soybean oil is a bio-based material that can be used like other oils, this should allow Goodyear to meet its goal of fully replacing petroleum-derived oils in its products by 2040. By using soybean oil and reducing the use of petroleum-derived oils by up to 22 million gallons each year, this can result in reduced energy use and greenhouse gas emissions during tyre production. 

Why soybean oil? Because it’s a vegetable oil which goes from a rubber like substance to glass at a very low temperature, which makes it perfect for balancing performance in wet and winter conditions. In Europe, the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 tyre compound employs the use of sunflower oil. 

Goodyear’s use of soybean oil technology echoes the gradual shift towards sustainable materials. Goodyear’s chief engineer for raw materials development and reinforcement technology, Dr.Bob Woloszynek says “Soybean oil is a co-product of something that will always be grown because we need it to feed both people and animals. If Goodyear can take advantage of its surplus and use it for performance benefits, it’s a win-win for everybody.”

Source: Goodyear


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