Versalis and Bridgestone to co-develop innovative elastomers for high-performance tyres

Source: press release, 29 March 2021

Versalis, an Eni chemical company providing plastics and rubbers, focuses on the bio-based solutions
Versalis, an Eni chemical company providing plastics and rubbers, focuses on the bio-based solutions (photo: Eni Versalis)

Versalis, Eni’s chemical company, and Bridgestone EMIA, a provider of advanced mobility solutions, have signed a joint development agreement for the research, production and supply of synthetic rubber with advanced properties.

The Research and Development divisions of the two organisations will collaborate, using an Open Innovation model, to develop technologies and new elastomer grades, including Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR), to produce high-performance tyres. Versalis will leverage the expertise of its Research Centre at Ravenna and Ferrara, while Bridgestone will use its Technical Centre Europe near Rome.

The elastomers produced by Versalis are used in the premium, consumer market segment and are designed to ensure high performance in tyres including dry handling and wet grip. They also decrease abrasion, to extend the designed lifespan, resulting in a more sustainable tyre that reduces the consumption of raw materials in the long-term.

Adriano Alfani, CEO of Versalis (Eni) says, “This agreement combines our technological knowledge with that of Bridgestone, a world leader in this sector, to accelerate the development of grades and applications in tires improving their performance, starting from raw material. Beginning to explore supply chain synergies with an excellent partner will bring a new innovative lift in the sector and strengthen high-value technical and commercial collaboration.”

Emilio Tiberio, COO and CTO of Bridgestone EMIA comments, “At Bridgestone, we know that ground-breaking innovation and sustainable mobility can’t be achieved without collaboration. We are pleased to strengthen our existing partnership with Versalis and believe that the technology we co-create will be a differentiator for our future products.”