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Malte Wohlfahrt Synthos

Malte Wohlfahrt

As R&D Director, Dr. Malte Wohlfahrt leads the R&D activities of Synthos' Rubber business. In his role, Wohlfahrt is responsible for the Research and Application Development teams in Germany and Poland, as well as the bio-butadiene development team and technology-related assets. Prior to joining Synthos, Wohlfahrt held various positions at Trinseo since 2013, including Global R&D Leader Latex Binders and R&D Operational Leader. Wohlfahrt holds a PhD in Chemistry from Philipp's University in Marburg, Germany.


How sustainability and performance can go hand in hand

The tire industry has widely embraced the goals of the Paris climate agreement, which rely on zero-emission raw materials for successful implementation. For synthetic rubber, investing in low- and zero- carbon energy and feedstocks is key to this transition. At the same time, meeting the requirements of the upcoming Euro 7 legislation without compromising on performance is critical. This paper addresses how sustainability and performance can work in tandem when value chain collaboration and leveraging the appropriate bio-based, renewable and recycled materials are combined with a common goal in mind: 40% sustainable content by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050.