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Solvay Introduces HDS for Advanced Rolling-resistance in Tires

Published on 2017-02-15. Author : SpecialChem

HANNOVER, Germany -- Solvay Silica is unveiling Premium SW, its new performance Highly Dispersible Silica (HDS) at the Tire Technology Expo in Hannover, Germany. This innovative material enables a significant improvement in passenger car tire performance as well as a step change in performance for truck tires.

Premium SW - Highly Dispersible Silica for Fuel Efficient Tires

Premium SW compared to Carbon Black

Properties of Premium SW:

  • Benchmark for energy-saving and high-performance tires for passenger cars
  • Offers breakthrough benefits for the automotive industry
  • Increases the rolling-resistance up to 25% 
  • Increases 15% improvement in durability for Fuel Efficient Tires

Premium SW also shows the most promising results compared to Carbon Black in the truck tire market. According to the latest test results, Premium SW improves the rolling resistance by more than 30% while keeping the same level of tread wear!

Premium SW is a breakthrough that has matured from the rich Silica product innovation pipeline at Solvay. It demonstrates Solvay Silica’s commitment to striving for higher performance in fuel efficient tire technology for our customer” said An Nuyttens, President of Solvay’s Silica Global Business Unit.

We are contributing significantly to global sustainable mobility.”

Tire makers are experts when it comes to balancing conflicting criteria, seeking to combine minimum rolling resistance, maximum durability and optimum wet grip. Premium SW offers all these characteristics in one package that addresses safety and performance without compromise answering the needs of all stakeholders.

Solvay, as a true global player, is making Premium SW available from multiple production sites around the globe, consistent with its business continuity management policy.

About Solvay Silica

Solvay Silica is the inventor and global provider of highly dispersible silica, which finds its main application in the production of energy-saving tires. With nine manufacturing sites and four R&I laboratories on as many continents, Silica also offers a range of applications in personal care, such as toothpastes and exfoliating beads, in animal nutrition, high-performance membranes and in rubber reinforcement.

About Solvay

As an international chemical group, Solvay assists industries in finding and implementing ever more responsible and value-creating solutions. The Group is firmly committed to sustainable development and focused on innovation and operational excellence. Solvay serves diversified markets, generating 90% of its turnover in activities where it is one of the top three worldwide. The group is headquartered in Brussels, employs about 29,000 people in 55 countries and generated 12.4 billion euros in net sales in 2012.
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Source: Solvay
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