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Goodyear partners with DOD, others to further dandelion-based NR research

AKRON—Sourcing domestic natural rubber has become a matter of national defense, and Goodyear is partnering with the Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force and other entities to make such U.S.-based stock a reality.

Goodyear's collaboration with DOD, the USAF Research Lab, BioMADE and Farmed Materials Inc. will help get dandelion-sourced domestic natural rubber to market more quickly.

"Global demand for natural rubber continues to grow, and it remains a key raw material for the tire industry," said Chris Helsel, senior vice president of Global Operations and chief technology officer for Goodyear. "This is a critical time to develop a domestic source of natural rubber, which may help mitigate future supply chain challenges."

Publication date: 07/04/2022

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 1914.