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Materials

Below you will find some of the rubber, chemical and structural materials used to make tires.

Rubbers

Natural rubber

Natural rubber

Most natural rubber comes from para rubber trees. The properties of natural rubber include durability and abrasion resistance.

Synthetic rubber

Synthetic rubber

Synthetic rubber, which is a petroleum-based product, has heat-resisting properties.

Chemicals mixed with rubber

Carbon Black

Carbon black

Carbon black increases the strength of rubber.

Silica

Silica

The white powder of silicon dioxide delivers better fuel efficiency and wet grip.

Oil

Oil

Oil softens rubber.

Antioxidant

Antioxidant

Antioxidant inhibits oxidation of rubber.

Sulfur

Sulfur

sulfur gives rubber greater elasticity.

Vulcanization Accelerator

Vulcanization accelerator

Vulcanization accelerator helps build cross-links between rubber and sulfur.

Construction materials

Polyester

Polyester

Polyester is used as a material of body ply in passenger tires.

Rayon

Rayon

Rayon is used as a material of body ply in passenger tires.

Steel

Steel

Steel is used as a material of beads and steel belts in passenger tires.

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