Kuraray will present its liquid rubber portfolio, consisting of liquid isoprene rubber (LIR) and liquid butadiene rubber (LBR). Conference speaker and technical manager Marcel Gründken will have more information about how using liquid rubber can lead to safer and faster tires. Liquid rubber acts as a co-vulcanizable plasticizer and provides a rubber modification that exceeds the pure plasticizing effect. His presentation introduces the different liquid diene rubbers. Depending on the backbone and microstructure, liquid rubber can modify tire performances such as abrasion resistance, rolling resistance and wet grip, as well as snow and ice grip. In particular the latter can be greatly improved by LBR. This will be discussed by way of DMA characteristics and ice grip test results.
Tire Technology Expo Stand C438