Momentive and Sumitomo collaborate on fuel-efficient tire
From Rubber World: Momentive Performance Materials announced its collaboration with Sumitomo Rubber Industries on the development of Enasave Premium tire, which earned the highest rating (AAA) for rolling resistance under Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association’s (JATMA) labeling system. Launched at the Tokyo Motor Show, December 2-11, 2011, Enasave Premium is the flagship tire in the top-selling Enasave fuel-efficient tire series. Enasave Premium is the world’s first tire to use Momentive’s NXT Z 45 silane, a coupling agent for silica-based tire tread compound and an excellent candidate to consider for improved dynamic and physical properties, including rolling resistance and wet traction. The new silane can virtually eliminate the ethanol that is released during the manufacturing and use of silica tires.