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Tyres FAQ: Why are tyres black?

Marc Abbott, 05 August 2009 15:06

There isn't any natural rubber in a tyre's construction. But there are about 200 raw materials from man-made rubbers, reinforcing fillers, rayon, nylon, all sorts of additives and aramid fibres. Aramids are heat-resistant synthetic fibres with tradenames like Kevlar and Nomex. This mix is susceptible to damage from ozone and ultra-violet light so manufacturers add carbon black to absorb the ...

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