Goodyear and Visolis join to produce isoprene by upcycling materials, ET Auto

New Delhi: Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company, one of the world’s largest tyre manufacturers, and Visolis, a sustainable technology company, Monday announced a collaboration project between the two companies to produce isoprene through the upcycling of bio-based materials. This collaboration is supported by a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant awarded to Visolis earlier this year, the company said in a press release.

Isoprene, an important precursor for some types of synthetic rubber, is a hydrocarbon that is typically generated as a by-product from refining crude oil. Isoprene units are polymerized into long chains using a catalyst to produce polyisoprene, which is used as a raw material in manufacturing tyres and other items.

The Visolis and Goodyear collaboration will leverage Visolis’ technology to produce high-quality isoprene from lignocellulosic feedstocks, which are non-edible biomass and agricultural materials. Visolis conducted an initial carbon footprint analysis to explore the reduction potential of its process and will continue to evaluate reductions further as part of their collaboration project with Goodyear.

“We are excited to collaborate with Goodyear and leverage our revolutionary technology to transform waste materials into valuable monomers. This partnership is a testament to our shared commitment to sustainable practices and the development of advanced materials that drive positive change,” Deepak Dugar, CEO of Visolis, said.

Chris Helsel, senior vice president, Global Operations and Chief Technology Officer, Goodyear, said, “We believe that innovation and collaboration is key to making progress along our sustainability journey and helping us achieve our goals, including net-zero value chain emissions by 2050.”

  • Published On Oct 30, 2023 at 01:52 PM IST

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