Pomezia studies the Bridgestone organic tyre
When people speak of advanced research rarely Italy is mentioned. And yet, at times, innovation can be found here. For example, the global giant Bridgestone is experimenting with new, 100% green and eco-compatible tyres at its centres around the world, as reported on its site www.bridgestone.it .
Amongst these, the research centre par excellence at Pomezia, the so-called CTE (Centro Tecnico Europeo), stands out: is is constantly busy with analysing materials, developing and producing prototypes to be used in various types of test. The ongoing challenge is to obtain a product that contains only and exclusively natural rubber, obtained from guayule, a plant typical of some arid areas, which the multi-national has decided to grow in Arizona.
High efficiency green tyres
In Tokyo the company is experimenting with resins, lignin and guayule with the goal of producing high efficiency, high performance tyres using completely sustainable materials by 2050, in view of the forecasts of a drop in petroleum reserves. In addition, the cultivation of this bush in arid regions brings the not negligible advantage of reducing the exploitation of tropical areas, where, instead, the natural rubber used for tyres is produced.
Innovation rhymes with youth
However, the news is goog not only for the environment. In fact, in this field of research and innovation, Bridgestone would also like to involve young talents. In fact, the Pomezia branch is ready to expand its activities to reach Europe; in the light of new investment plans, it is searching for engineers with different levels of experience who can design and develop innovative products in order to improve performance on every kind of road and under different weather conditions.