Bridgestone Announces Development of Non-Pneumatic (Airless) Concept Tyre
New Environmental Technology for Tyres of the Future
TOKYO (Nov. 29, 2011)
– Bridgestone Corporation today announced it has developed a non-pneumatic (i.e. airless) concept tyre that could prove to be a viable and more
environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional tyres in the future.
Bridgestone’s Environmental Mission Statement outlines the Company’s goal to help contribute to a more sustainable society, with particular emphasis on
three areas – ecological conservation, resource conservation and reduction of carbon emissions. In support of the Mission, Bridgestone is working on
various projects, like the non-pneumatic tyre, that will ultimately contribute to a healthier environment for not just current, but also future
Non-pneumatic tyres have a lesser impact on the environment than today’s conventional tyres, but previously such concept tyres have been impractical to
produce for the mass market. Bridgestone developed this technology with the aim of practical implementation.
Special Features of Non-Pneumatic (Airless) Tyre Technology
With a unique structure of spokes stretching along the inner sides of the tyres supporting the weight of the vehicle, there is no need to periodically
refill the tyres with air, meaning that the tyres require less maintenance.
At the same the worry of punctures is eliminated. In addition, the spoke structure within the tyre is made from reusable thermoplastic resin*1, and
along with the rubber in the tread portion, the materials used in the tyres are 100 percent recyclable? As a result, the tyres set a new standard in
terms of environmental friendliness, safety and comfort.
Bridgestone is pursuing this technological development with the aim of achieving a “cradle to cradle” process that proactively maximizes the cyclical
use of resources from worn tyres into new tyres and the use of recyclable resources.
The non-pneumatic tyre will be displayed at the Bridgestone exhibit at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011*2, which begins on November 30.
*1 A synthetic resin that becomes flexible when heated, can be processed into a variety of shapes, and becomes hard when cooled. The changes from
heating and cooling can generally be repeated, making it easy to both mould and recycle the material.
*2 Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 are press days and Dec. 2 is a special guest day. The event is open to the general public Dec. 3-11.
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