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Abstract of Vulstoffen en Weekmakers Fillers and Extender Oils     2008

Short fiber reinforcement

Reducing rolling resistance of tires remains a prime importance for the tire industry. With rising gasoline prices, awareness of the Kyoto protocol as a given, the Euro 5 norm demanding for decreasing CO2 emission, the International Energy Agency focusing on tires to reduce fuel consumption and the California Energy Commission releasing legislation on tire efficiency, the challenge to tire engineers and compounders to address fuel efficiency, i.e. reduced rolling resistance of tires remains highly actual. Several approaches (varying polymers, fillers, etc) have been tried or explored but each approach has its own advantages and drawbacks in terms of balance between performance and cost. Recently Teijin Twaron has introduced chemically activated aramid fiber granules (Sulfron