Bridgestone Corporation formally announced that it will be developing the next-generation bicycle tire with the goal of finally showing a practical application of the company’s “Air Free Concept.” With this particular technology, the tires will no longer need air in order to be inflated.
The company will be partnering with Bridgestone Cycle Co., Ltd., and together will conduct feasibility studies under the expectation of introducing this new tire in the market by 2019.
The “Air Free Concept” utilizes a distinct structure for the spokes and stretches it on the tires’ inner sides. As a result, the weight can be supported by the tires without any need to inflate them with air. Further, the use of resins for the spokes and using rubbers for the other components meant that resources are used more efficiently. This is because both the rubber and the resin are materials that can be recycled.
Through this concept, the two companies will now be able to create tires that have no punctures and remove any worry even if that happens. In addition, the use of resign allowed for the design to be more flexible and thus customers are bound to see highly unique next-generation bicycles.
While the Bridgestone Group intends to finds new ways for this concept to be utilized in the world of cycling, the company is also looking in the possibility of adapting this technology to other kinds of tires. With this the company proves that it is indeed committed to practicing sustainability with eco-friendly mobility that is guaranteed to help people with their lives.
The concept may be new to some people but this is not the first time that the company came up with the idea. It was far back as the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show when Bridgestone first unveiled this concept mainly for the smart-car sized vehicles. The main reason why the company came up with this idea in the first place is that they wanted to lower the need to stop by the road side and fix a flat tire. As result, this also meant that CO2 emissions would be lowered making the drive more sustainable.
With the “Air Free Concept,” the company says that this technological development will allow it to attain what is known as the “cradle to cradle” process. Meaning it can turn worn out tires into new ones since, as mentioned earlier, the materials are recyclable.
Based in Tokyo, Japan, Bridgestone Corporation is the biggest rubber and tire manufactures in the world. Its products are not limited to tires, which can be utilized in different applications. The company also offers a wide range of products. Such products include, among others, sporting goods, chemical products, and industrial rubber products. Bridgestone markets and sells its products in at least 150 countries.