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Nynas and its specialists will be taking part in the Tire Technology Expo, the leading international meeting place when it comes to technologies, materials and services relating to tyre manufacturing.
Visitors will be offered a comprehensive programme on 14-16 February at the Hanover trade fair facility in Germany. In addition to the exhibiting companies, there is a broad-based conference programme as well as various courses – based on the overall objective to further enhance and improve the dynamic science of tyre design and manufacturing in all its aspects. Participants include the world’s leading experts and the most senior engineers and heads of procurement from the world’s tyre manufacturing industry.
Nynas will also be represented at the Tire Technology Expo. It is an excellent opportunity to show off the company’s environmentally adapted product range and to make important contacts.
“At Nynas’ stand you’ll be able to find out how to boost your tyre performance: traction in varying conditions, higher mileage and better fuel efficiency. You may also learn unique ways to combine tyre oils with new polymers and fillers to achieve an excellent balance of performance and processing,” explains Dr Mika Lahtinen, Senior Technical Adviser, Nynas Naphthenics.
Dr Lahtinen will also be giving a technical presentation during the conference. He has extensive experience from the industry, and before coming to Nynas in early 2016 he was Head of Tyre Material Research & Development at Nokian Tyres. He is now one of the leading international names in the field of winter tyre development.
“One of the best tools to improve winter tyre performance is the tyre oil. In a winter tread, compound oil loading is typically high, up to 35-55 phr,” he says. “So after joining Nynas, it was natural that we would focus even more on helping our customers to develop tyres for snowy and icy conditions.”
In his presentation at Tire Tech 2017, Dr Lahtinen will show that low temperature stiffness of tread compounds can be significantly reduced by selecting the tyre oil appropriately, which in turn leads to improved winter traction without significantly affecting traction in other conditions.
In addition to being able to tackle problems relating to, among other things, rolling resistance and fuel economy, there are also other challenges facing tyre manufacturers as a consequence of the ongoing restructuring in the oil industry.
“Group I refineries are being shut down due to environmental and safety reasons, leading to decreased manufacturing capacity for many popular tyre oils. With a 2016 investment in more naphthenic oil manufacturing capacity, Nynas wants to ensure that tyre developers have enough tools in their compounding toolbox,” concludes Dr Lahtinen.