Cooper sets date for prototype tyre made 100% from Guayule
Target date, 2017. That’s when Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. plans to produce a prototype tire with 100% of its natural and synthetic rubber components substituted with those made from guayule, a shrub native to the United States.
Instead of hevea natural rubber (HNR) tapped from rubber trees grown in countries such as Thailand, India and Malaysia, components will be made from rubber extracted from a hardy bush grown in Arizona and throughout the southwestern U.S. The company recently demonstrated its third generation of test tires produced with several components made from 100% guayule. It held the industry’s first ride-and-drive event at the Cooper Vehicle & Test Center in Pearsall, Texas, using tires produced with guayule.