Linglong Tire unveils sustainable rubber tire prototypes, using dandelion as alternative raw material

Shandong Linglong Tire Co., Ltd. (Linglong) has unveiled a new range of bio-based rubber tires, at the 22nd China International Industry Fair (CIIF) taking place in Shanghai, marking the company’s advancement in producing dandelion-derived rubber as alternative sources of natural rubber.

Developed in partnership with Beijing University of Chemical Technology over the past three years, Linglong utilizes a multitude of sustainable rubber ingredients, including eucommia rubber and itaconate biosynthesis rubber and dandelion rubber.  Eucommia ulmoides (EU) gum, a natural polymer material extracted from EU oliver whose components improves tear strength as well as the wear resistance,  is conducive to the reduction the rolling resistance of the tread compound and saving energy. Compared with natural rubber tyres, the new tyres is more environmental friendly, and minimised the harm to the tropical rain deforestation.

“As part of our bio-rubber R&D project, we look to flowering weed as a key component of the future of tires, as well as an alternative source of natural rubber,” said Wang Feng, Chairman and President of Linglong. “Currently, natural rubber can only be cultivated from the rubber tree (known as Hevea brasiliensis) which makes up a fraction of the world’s land surface. In face of the rising demand of natural rubber, we are committed to setting the benchmark of sustainability in the tire-manufacturing  industry and continuously improve the quality of our product.”

At present, Linglong has invested more than 30 million yuan in the research and development of bio-rubber, including a one-ton pilot production line, and dandelion plantation spanning 42 acres across

“As part of our bio-rubber R&D project, we look to flowering weed as a key component of the future of tires, as well as an alternative source of natural rubber,” said Wang Feng, Chairman and President of Linglong. “Currently, natural rubber can only be cultivated from the rubber tree (known as Hevea brasiliensis) which makes up a fraction of the world’s land surface. In face of the rising demand of natural rubber, we are committed to setting the benchmark of sustainability in the tire-manufacturing  industry and continuously improve the quality of our product.”

At present, Linglong has invested more than 30 million yuan in the research and development of bio-rubber, including a one-ton pilot production line, and dandelion plantation spanning 42 acres across seven Chinese provinces. Furthermore, its research arm has successfully prepared and launched three bio-based rubber concept tires. The company has in the pipeline to manufacture road tires made from dandelion-derived rubber in the near future.

Chairman and President of Linglong Tire, Wang Feng commented, “We’re developing a new generation of bio-based rubber to address the unsustainable production of synthetic and natural rubber, as well as the shortage of resources. In fact, we are planning to strengthen our research on the technology for water-phase extraction of dandelion rubber, build a 100-ton dandelion rubber production line, and promote broader application of dandelion rubber tires, in line with our sustainability agenda.”

Flower power on a grand scale

Aimed at reducing dependency on rubber trees, especially in Southeast Asia, the tire industry is looking for more sustainable alternatives. While synthetic rubber is one such option, natural sources have remarkable performance qualities in terms of grip and load-bearing ability. In fact, the humble dandelion can be used to manufacture rubber, as it is a plant resource that contains high content of natural latex.

The R&D team at Linglong headquarters aims to extract natural rubber from dandelions, and ferment the remaining waste residue in order to obtain bioethanol – which will help preserve scarce resources and promote sustainability within the tire industry by reducing the amount of synthetic rubber used and carbon emissions produced.

Focus on green product development

Linglong Tire actively participates in nationwide green manufacturing initiatives to develop green products, such the ‘Made in China 2025’ strategic plan which aims to promote harmony between industrial and ecological developments.

Furthermore, Linglong’s research institute has meticulously designed and developed green tires of multiple brands and specifications, with products that feature low rolling resistance, low fuel consumptions and are compliant with EU REACH regulations, US SmartWay certification, Chinese labeling law, China’s low-carbon certification and other relevant requirements.

According to Linglong Tire, these bio-based rubber tires have since completed third-party evaluation from experts to meet the project’s requirements and have the ability to provide performance superior to tires made from traditional materials.

玲珑“生物基橡胶轮胎”亮相中国工博会

玲珑轮胎在生产蒲公英橡胶作为天然橡胶的替代来源方面取得重大进展

山东–2020年9月22日–山东玲珑轮胎股份有限公司(Linglong)在昨天于上海举行的第22届中国国际工业博览会(CIIF)上推出了一系列新的生物基橡胶轮胎。

过去三年,玲珑与北京化工大学合作开发,利用多种可持续橡胶成分,包括杜仲橡胶和衣康酸酯生物合橡胶,蒲公英橡胶。杜仲胶(Eucommia ulmoides(EU)gum)是一种从EU Oliver提取的天然聚合物材料,其成分可提高撕裂强度以及耐磨性,有助于降低胎面胶的滚动阻力并节省能源。

”作为我们生物橡胶研发项目的一部分,我们将开花的草视为轮胎未来的关键组成部分,以及天然橡胶的替代来源。”玲珑董事长兼总裁王锋说。 “目前,天然橡胶只能从占世界陆地面积一小部分的橡胶树(被称为巴西橡胶树)中种植。 面对天然橡胶需求的增长,我们致力于在轮胎制造行业树立可持续性的标杆,并不断提高产品质量”。

目前,玲珑已投资超过3000万元人民币用于生物橡胶的研发,其中包括一条1吨的中试生产线以及覆盖中国七个省份42英亩的蒲公英种植园。 此外,其研究部门已成功准备并推出了三种生物基概念轮胎。 该公司准备在不久的将来生产由蒲公英衍生的橡胶制成的公路轮胎。

玲珑轮胎董事长兼总裁王锋表示:“我们正在开发新一代的生物基橡胶,以解决合成橡胶和天然橡胶生产不可持续以及资源短缺的问题。实际上,我们计划根据我们的可持续发展议程,加强对蒲公英橡胶水相萃取技术的研究,建设一条100吨的蒲公英橡胶生产线,并促进蒲公英橡胶轮胎的更广泛应用。”

为了减少对橡胶树的依赖,特别是在东南亚,轮胎行业正在寻找更可持续的替代品。 尽管合成橡胶是一种这样的选择,但天然来源在抓地力和承重能力方面具有卓越的性能。 实际上,这种不起眼的蒲公英可以用来制造橡胶,因为它是一种植物资源,含有大量的天然乳胶。

玲珑总部的研发团队旨在从蒲公英中提取天然橡胶,并发酵剩余的废物以获取生物乙醇,这将有助于减少稀有资源并通过减少合成橡胶的使用量和碳排放量来促进轮胎行业的可持续性。

玲珑轮胎积极参与全国性的绿色制造计划,以开发绿色产品,例如旨在促进工业与生态发展之间和谐的“中国制造2025”战略计划。

此外,玲珑研究院还精心设计和开发了多个品牌和规格的绿色轮胎,其产品具有低滚动阻力,低油耗并符合欧盟REACH法规,美国SmartWay认证,中国标签法,中国低碳认证的特点。 和其他相关要求。

据玲珑轮胎公司称,这些生物基橡胶轮胎自完成专家以来的第三方评估,以满足项目的要求,并具有提供优于传统材料制成的轮胎的性能。


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