Nanomaterials for Rubber Goods & Tyres

In September 2010 ETRMA published a fact sheet on nanomaterials:"REINFORCING FILLERS IN THE RUBBER INDUSTRY - Assessment as potential nanomaterials with focus on tyres"

The document, which is considered a cutting edge industry publication on this topic, describes the use (for decades) of amorphous silica and carbon black as reinforcing fillers in the rubber industry. It also explains that, in rubber industry applications, these fillers are handled in a physical form that exceeds all proposed size dimensions for nano objects and therefore do not represent a risk for humans or the environment.

ETRMA is closely monitoring the development of the European ”nano” definition as well as the evolvement of related legislative and standardisation activities (CEN and ISO).


In July 2014 OECD published an important report  "Nanotechnology and tyres: Greening Industry and Transport" which can be accessed through the following link: http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/science-and-technology/nanotechnology-and-tyres_9789264209152-en .

Through this study, the OECD Working Party on Nanotechnology (WPN) and the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) hope to advance the policy debate by considering a wide range of issues regarding sustainable growth and the responsible development of nanotechnology from the perspective of a single application of nanotechnology in a mass market consumer product: tyres.