Techsyn is a tyre technology platform, which was developed as a joined venture and is to enable the production of tyres with a special stability and environmental performance. A joined press release goes as follows: “Thanks to Techsyn, tyres achieve a wear behaviour, which was increased by up to 30 per cent and a rolling resistance reduced by up to six per cent compared to traditional Bridgestone premium summer tyres in the EMIA region. Other performance areas did not show any impact. When developing Techsyn, there was a special focus on tyre wear in order to guarantee less loss of material.”
Bridgestone has been focusing on a change to a company for sustainable solutions – this is supposed to be finished in 2050. The tyre manufacturer defined a framework in the area of sustainability and several medium-term milestones. According to people responsible for the company, the market launch of Techsyn, a solution foregrounding environmental factors, was regarded as a breakthrough on this journey. Moreover, Techsyn showed what could be achieved by a cooperation of the industry leaders Bridgestone, Arlanxeo and Solvay: “This cooperation, the agreement among the three companies as well as solid joined knowledge of molecular mechanisms made it possible to put this idea into practice within only 24 months. The diversity of Techsyn was created by combining unique cutting-edge silica developments added by Solvay, technical knowledge in development provided by Arlanxeo, and production and supply of innovative tyre polymers as well as new tyre compound technology offered by Bridgestone”.
“Cooperations and close joined ventures are essential for us to enable pioneering innovations and co-create future mobility”, said Laurent Dartoux, President and CEO at Bridgestone EMIA. Techsyn was developed for use in different tyre categories and vehicles – also in combination with tyre technology from Bridgestone. Thus, it would be possible to reduce the weight of a tyre with consistent performance based on the Enliten Light Weight tyre technology from Bridgestone. “Arlanxeo is aiming at the supply of outstanding customer-oriented elastomer solutions. The joint venture of know-how, skills and creativity of three internationally leading companies enabled us to create a new technology platform, which will offer new ways of coping with specific challenges of the tyre industry”, explained Donald Chen, CEO at Arlanxeo. Dr. Ilham Kadri, CEO at Solvay, stressed the power of joined ventures: “Techsyn shows what is possible, if important players of the value-adding chain work together. Saving this one planet will only be possible when joining forces and developing solutions together – for a cleaner future mobility”.