Below you will find some of the rubber, chemical and structural materials used to make tires.
Most natural rubber comes from para rubber trees. The properties of natural rubber include durability and abrasion resistance.
Synthetic rubber, which is a petroleum-based product, has heat-resisting properties.
Chemicals mixed with rubber
Carbon black increases the strength of rubber.
The white powder of silicon dioxide delivers better fuel efficiency and wet grip.
Oil softens rubber.
Antioxidant inhibits oxidation of rubber.
sulfur gives rubber greater elasticity.
Vulcanization accelerator helps build cross-links between rubber and sulfur.
Polyester is used as a material of body ply in passenger tires.
Rayon is used as a material of body ply in passenger tires.
Steel is used as a material of beads and steel belts in passenger tires.