Tokyo, Japan (May 23, 2012) - Bridgestone Corporation today in Singapore announced the development of new tire technologies that will contribute to the realization of a sustainable society. These technologies, announced at the World Rubber Summit*1 2012 by Bridgestone Chairman of the Board, Shoshi Arakawa, are aimed at developing world-class tires made from 100% sustainable materials*2.
The transportation sector has a significant impact on the environment, particularly in terms of resource usage and CO2 emissions. As the world's largest tire and rubber manufacturer, the Bridgestone Group realizes that it has the potential to significantly lessen it impact on the environment. At the same time, the Group has defined its role as responding to the needs of customers around the world by reliably providing high-quality products that are technologically- advanced.
To fulfill its mission, the Group has established long-term environmental goals (see 1. below) to guide its pursuit of a sustainable society. The Group has placed a high importance on promoting the usage of 100% sustainable materials. To achieve this goal, Bridgestone will need fully leverage its technical capabilities and diversify and expand the range of renewable resources it uses in the production of tires and other rubber products. To accomplish this, the Group is diversifying the regions in which it produces natural rubber and expanding the range of reinforced plant fibers it uses. Furthermore, in order to replace fossil resources with renewable materials, the Group is working to develop synthetic rubber, carbon black, and rubber compounding agents that can be created from biomass materials. Looking forward to 2050, the Group will continue to advance the development of these technologies and will report on the progress of these initiatives as appropriate.
The Bridgestone Group is developing a number of technologies that can be applied throughout the value chain, from raw materials to finished products. One goal of these initiatives is to achieve the usage of 100% sustainable materials by leveraging 3R*3 technologies that diversify resources used and utilize renewable resources as well as retread technologies. In addition, the Group is pursuing the development of future tire technologies, such as those that reduce CO2 emissions through improved fuel efficiency. By creating ideal tires using these technologies, the Bridgestone Group will contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.
*1 World Rubber Summit (held from May 22 to 24 in 2012), sponsored by the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG), is the world's only global summit for rubber specialists. Participants include producers and consumers of natural and synthetic rubber from around the world, and the summit thus serves as an opportunity to discuss trends in the rubber industry and issues that will shape the future of rubber production from a global perspective.
*2 The term “sustainable materials” as used by Bridgestone is based on the Company's definition of materials that are not expected to be depleted should be continued, as opposed to fossil resources and other finite resources.
*3 The 3Rs are reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Details are as follows.1. Bridgestone's Long-Term Environmental Goals
Long-Term Environmental Goals:
*1 Celluose is a primary component in the cell walls and fibers of plants. Approximately 1/3 of all plant matter is cellulose, and it is the world's most common carbohydrate.
*2 Butadiene is the intermediate material most commonly used in synthetic rubber (butadiene rubber, styrene-butadiene rubber, etc.).