New functionalised S-SBR types for improved tyre performance
Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH Stand C342
Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH, the European headquarters of Japanese technology company Asahi Kasei Corporation, will highlight its products and technologies for the tyre industry at the Tire Technology Expo 2018.
According to the company, its fifth generation S-SBR enables tyres to achieve greater fuel-efficiency while at the same time maintaining superior braking performance and also improving abrasion resistance and handling stability characteristics. At the trade show, new S-SBR grades will be introduced and a new strategy for eco tyres will be presented. Asahi Kasei currently has S-SBR plants in Japan (Kanagawa and Oita prefectures) and Singapore. The company announced that it is currently expanding both of the S-SBR lines in Singapore by a combined 30,000 t/y, raising the plant's total capacity to 130,000 t/y.
The company will also showcase tread wear sensors that are said to provide a real-time tyre wear monitoring. In addition, Asahi Kasei will present its Leona nylon 66 filament that is said to offer high tenacity and superior adhesive properties with rubber, making it an ideal material for high performance tyres.
Furthermore, in the Polymer Science session of the conference programme, Chigusa Yamada from Asahi Kasei Corporation will give the presentation “New functionalised SSBR types for overall improved tire performance”.
After the foundation of Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH in April 2016 and the opening of the Asahi Kasei R+D Center in the Chempark Dormagen in October 2017, the company most recently opened the Asahi Kasei Europe Exhibition Center in Düsseldorf, Germany, in December 2017. This exhibition space at the European headquarters will serve as a showroom to the public for products and technologies for the automotive, medicine and health, renewable energies, and lifestyle markets. Amongst others, the company is presenting its portfolio for sustainable mobility, including plastics for economical motors and lightweight components, as well as 27 construction parts that demonstrate tools and technologies from different areas of business in the concept vehicle AKXY developed jointly by Asahi Kasei and GLM Co. Ltd.