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The majority of Goodyear Metro Miler G152 and G652 tyres will now use less petroleum-based materials while delivering the same performance benefits.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has announced an important step in its global journey to fully replace petroleum-derived oils by 2040. For the first time in its commercial truck tyres, Goodyear is replacing a portion of the petroleum-based materials used in production of some of its most popular Metro Miler city transit tyres with a bio-based soybean oil compound.
“The use of soybean oil in the majority of the Metro Miler G152 and G652 tyres in production is a significant Goodyear innovation that reduces the amount of petroleum-based materials needed for production,” said Dustin Lancy, Commercial Product Marketing Manager, Goodyear North America. “In these tyres, soybean oil replaces about 11 liquid ounces of free-flowing petroleum oil per tyre – almost as much as a traditional soda can. Multiply that by a bus fleet of 1,600 buses, about the size used by some major metropolitan cities in the U.S., and that could mean the use of around 20 fewer barrels of oil.”
This change underscores Goodyear’s commitment to using more sustainable bio-based raw materials while continuing to deliver quality and performance in its products. The new formulation in production today uses a readily available surplus of soybean oil that is left over from food applications in the marketplace.
The Metro Miler G152 and G652 also feature technology designed to resist sidewall damage, enhance toughness and provide long tread life. Reinforced shoulders and steel sidewalls help deliver long casing life, and the integrated sidewall wear indicators make it easier to spot wear due to excessive scuffing. These tyres also include a multi-compound, scrub resistant tread that can stand up to the rigors of transit applications and extend tread life by resisting excessive wear, chunking, cracking and chipping.
The Metro Miler G152 and G652 tyre models made with soybean oil are currently in production and available now for ordering among customers looking for tyres made with more sustainable materials.
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