Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) has developed a revolutionary concept tire, as part of a joint research project, that features a wear resistant tread rubber that is said to offer 200% wear resistance while maintaining a high-level of fuel efficiency and grip performance.
Its partners on the project are: RIKEN SPring-8 Center; Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute; Japan Atomic Energy Agency; J-PARC Center; KEK Institute of Materials Structure Science; Comprehensive Research Organization for Science and Society (CROSS); and Tokyo University Graduate School of Frontier Sciences.
This groundbreaking tread was developed using SRI’s Advanced 4D Nano Design technology as well as the SPring-8 Large-scale Synchrotron Radiation Facility, the J-PARC Proton Accelerator and Experimental facility, and the K computer.
Meanwhile, SRI’s production and sales subsidiary in the People’s Republic of China recently manufactured its one-hundred-millionth tire. Since beginning operations in April 2004, the Changshu factory has steadily expanded the scale of its production activities as it supplied an ever greater number of high-performance tires for the Chinese domestic market and then to various countries throughout the world.
December 1, 2015