Indian tire maker searches for new rubber

Fears of a shortage of natural rubber to make tires has prompted Indian tire manufacturer BKT to boost its search for alternatives.

The global demand for natural rubber is expected to reach 17 million tonnes by 2025.

Natural rubber is obtained from the rubber tree, which originated in South America and grows only in equatorial zones threatened by deforestation.

BKT has entered into a joint research agreement with Kultevat Inc. from St, Louis, Missouri, hoping to develop a renewable and sustainable alternative to natural rubber using new compounding methods based on rubber from the Russian dandelion plant (TKS).

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