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Versalis and Pirelli sign R&D agreement to use guayule-based natural rubber in tire production

7:58 AM MDT | March 19, 2013 | Natasha Alperowicz

Versalis, the chemicals arm of ENI (Rome), and the tire major Pirelli have entered into a memorandum of understanding to carry out joint research into the use of guayule-based natural rubber in the production of tires, the companies announced today. The research project will run over a period of three years. Versalis will provide on an exclusive basis a range of guayule-based natural rubber materials, while Pirelli will carry out trial tests to validate the performance of the materials for tire production. Versalis will supply Pirelli with guayule-based...

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