Conti developing components made from dandelions

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Specialist supplier ContiTech is showcasing its latest developments in natural rubber with vehicle components made from dandelions.

The company says that the innovation is aimed at making car manufacture more sustainable, and plans to use the rubber from the roots of the dandelion plant for vibration and mounting elements, and is already experimenting with the material in its tire division.

According to ContiTech, using natural rubber from dandelions means that the material can be sourced from colder areas and doesn’t need to be transported around the world.

“The initial test results are very promising,” said Dr Anna Misiun, who leads the research activities on natural rubber from dandelion roots at ContiTech Vibration Control. “One of the biggest challenges will be obtaining the material on an industrial scale.”

September 22, 2015

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine of the Year Awards.

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