Driving Tire Innovations Ahead
The road to innovation often begins with a simple question:
“What if?” What if you could increase fuel economy? What if you could enhance
safety? What if there was a better way to manufacture a product?
Momentive is prepared to explore and answer all these
questions – because we’ve asked them ourselves. And when our customers in the
tire and rubber industry have asked “What if?”, we’ve answered, with advanced
silanes that can help improve tire performance and safety. Our answers have also helped
tire manufacturers increase their production efficiency.
Momentive’s first answers for the tire industry originated
over 20 years ago when we invented NXT* silanes for the coupling of silica to rubber
in tire compounds. Since then, our NXT silane line has helped our tire and
rubber customers’ innovations gain traction and become realities.
Finding the Right Balance
The tire industry has long faced the challenge of balancing
rolling resistance and wet traction. At the same time, it has also focused to
meeting new laws and standards for enhancing fuel economy. Further, tire
manufacturers often face high production inefficiencies associated with meeting
these new requirements. So, as a trusted partner to the world’s leading tire companies, Momentive set out to advance tire performance and
we introduced the first advanced silanes for tires. Ever since, we have
continuously refined and expanded our NXT* silane line to help tires deliver
lower rolling resistance while maintaining excellent wet
traction. Reduced rolling resistance helps tires use less energy, which saves
fuel. Enhanced wet traction helps vehicles stop faster and grip the road
better. Momentive’s NXT silanes help tire manufacturers achieve the optimal
balance of these two characteristics so they can exceed consumer expectations
for fuel economy and safety.
Our advanced NXT silanes may also help increase tire
production throughput. NXT silanes promote better dispersion and also enable reduced
compound viscosity for easier processing, mixing, milling and extrusion. These
capabilities offer numerous potential benefits including:
- Fewer steps in the mixing process
- Increased extrusion rates
- Smoother, cleaner tire tread profiles
- Longer shelf lives before re-milling is required
Ingredients for Success
Momentive’s award-winning chemists and technicians have
secured more than 50 patents and have over 250 years of combined experience in
the tire and rubber industry. This history and first-hand experience gives them
a unique perspective when developing and fine-tuning formulations, including
the following high-quality products they’ve engineered:
- NXT enables reduced rolling resistance while
maintaining wet traction and offers tire manufacturers increased overall
production efficiency compared to using standard sulfur silanes.
- Carbo NXT* silane, which is a powder, gives tire
manufacturers an alternative choice – with the same performance and efficiency
advantages as NXT – when using a liquid material is not an option.
- NXT LowV* silane can help manufacturers
significantly reduce the amount of ethanol released during tire production and
can also decrease processing steps, saving manufacturers time and improving
- NXT Z* silane, a revolutionary, virtually ethanol-free
silane, offers the ability to improve the dynamic and physical properties while
enabling easier processing and shelf-stable compounds.
In paving the way for the future, Momentive strives to
create solutions that help our customers produce high-quality products and
enhance their manufacturing operations. With NXT silanes, we offer a
solution that delivers optimum performance – both in the factory and on the
For More Information
NXT Silane for Silica Tire Performance
Momentive Tire Application Lab
NXT Silanes Page
Tire and Rubber Industry Page
*NXT, Carbo NXT, NXT LowV and NXT Z are trademarks of
Momentive Performance Materials Inc.