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Momentive Signs Tire Collaboration with Sumitomo

11:51 AM MST | December 21, 2011 | Rebecca Coons

Momentive Performance Materials says it has signed a collaboration deal with Sumitomo Rubber Industries for fuel-efficient tires. The two companies will further develop Sumitomo’s Ensave Premium tire, which is the first tire to incorporate Momentive’s NXT 45 silane technology. The coupling agent for silica-based tire tread improves tire rolling resistance and wet traction performance, and “virtually eliminate[s]” the release of ethanol typical of silica tire manufacturing. Momentive says it has been developing the NXT platform for tire...

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