Orion Engineered Carbons, a worldwide supplier of speciality and high-performance Carbon Black, has introduced surface-modified Carbon Blacks for rubber applications. The innovative product will be presented at the 196th Technical Meeting of the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society in Cleveland, Ohio on October 9, 2019. The meeting is part of the International Elastomer Conference (IEC), which provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, observations, regulatory reforms and emerging scientific technologies.
The paper is titled ‘Surface Modified Carbon Black for Modern Low Rolling Resistance Tires’ and will be presented by Dr Hauke Westenberg, Compounding Manager from Orion’s Innovation Group. This new Carbon Black filler system significantly reduces the energy loss of a tyre tread compound and therefore the tyre rolling resistance. This increases fuel efficiency and reduces the tyre’s carbon footprint. These products have also demonstrated cutting-edge abrasion resistance in sophisticated laboratory evaluations.

“We are proud of Dr Westenberg’s work, which perfectly reflects our core values of Customer Focus, Innovation and Sustainability,” said Corning Painter, Orion’s CEO. “Tyre manufacturers now have a powerful new tool to develop more durable, energy-saving and therefore more sustainable tyres”.

The trade-off between wear performance and reduced energy dissipation is where other tyre fillers have fallen short. Hence, these new surface-modified Carbon Black products are potential game-changers, because they offer reduced tyre rolling resistance without compromising wear resistance, Orion said in a statement.