Cutting-edge technology used in the development of Falken’s tyre compounds has won the Tire Technology of the Year Award at the annual Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence 2017.
Following deliberations by an independent panel of 27 international tyre industry experts, Advanced 4D Nano Design technology was announced as the winner of this prestigious award category, presented on February 15 2017 at the Tire Technology Expo in Hannover, Germany.
The use of Advanced 4D Nano Design technology has resulted in ground-breaking tyre compounds with improved traction and wear life as well as significantly reduced rolling resistance.
Developed by Falken’s parent company Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI), the world’s sixth largest tyre manufacturer, the pioneering Advanced 4D Nano Design technology enables engineers to perform highly realistic simulations of the complex internal structures and behaviors of rubber materials across multiple scales of magnitude simultaneously.
It is the fifth time that SRI has been presented with a Tire Technology International Award: the ENASAVE 97 passenger tyre scooped the Tire Technology of the Year prize in 2008, with SRI’s fourth-generation runflats receiving the accolade in 2010. It has also won the Environmental Achievement of the Year Award in 2009 and 2014.
This year’s Tire Technology of the Year Award was collected by Mr. Kozaburo Nakaseko, senior executive officer of Sumitomo Rubber Industries, who says: “We have made great progress in terms of material innovation and the development of new manufacturing processes. This in turn has paved the way for the development of such high-performance tyres as our Falken ECORUN A-A, which achieves the maximum A-A ranking under Europe’s tyre labelling system, as well as durable, long-lasting performance technology. Further, utilising advanced research facilities on the cutting edge of super photon science and a world-class supercomputer for ongoing structural analysis of rubber materials, Sumitomo Rubber Industries will continue to accelerate research. This will further our understanding of the internal structures and phenomena of rubber in greater detail so that we may succeed in developing tyres with ever greater added value.”
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