The BR family of polybutadiene rubber helps optimize tire compositions, improving grip, fuel economy, and overall lifetime. They provide a great balance between processability and performance.
ARLANXEO's polybutadiene rubbers under the brand name Buna are primarily used in the tread and sidewalls of tires. They're also used to modify plastics in the production of HIPS (high impact polystyrene) and mABS (mass-solution polymerized acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) for injection molding applications. Other applications include golf balls, running shoes, and conveyor belts.
The Buna brand family includes the sub-brands Buna® CB, Buna® Nd EZ, Buna® SE, Buna® SL, Buna® VSL, Buna® FX.
Our Buna high-tech rubber solutions offer dynamic properties, including the following:
- Better abrasion resistance
- Optimized resilience
- Lower rolling resistance
High-performing synthetic rubbers promoting a better future for the planet
New mobility requirements demand automotive industry leaders and suppliers to focus on energy-efficient solutions in areas like tires, electrification, noise management, thermo optimization of batteries, and lightweight innovations. The design process for hybrid and battery-driven cars of the future need to adapt to these e-mobility megatrends and rely on highly specialized rubber solutions to meet increasingly stringent regulations and eco-friendly market demands.
As a supplier of high-quality rubbers, ARLANXEO’s business is driven by our continuing commitment to work with our partners to develop high-performance elastomer solutions to address the new challenges of future mobility.
ARLANXEO’s synthetic rubber grades help improve the energy efficiency of tires as well as the fuel efficiency of cars in general. Our Buna® brand provides the automotive sector with a multilateral range of modern butadiene rubber products playing key roles in improving grip, resilience, and lowering rolling resistance. All these improvements go a long way toward helping to reduce CO2 emissions and positively impacting the planet.
The Buna® brand family includes following sub-brands: Buna® CB, Buna® Nd EZ, Buna® SE, Buna® SL, Buna® VSL, Buna® FX, and Buna® BL. Our feedstocks supply leading tire and auto-parts manufacturers around the globe.
What goes into a tire's composition?
Many different parts are making up an automotive tire. Successfully optimizing the performance of tires requires a deep understanding of each of the intricate parts making up the whole and targeting innovation efforts on each. Elements such as wet grip, transferring actions like steering, braking, and accelerating all rely on a myriad of elastomer properties.
The rubber characteristics required for the tread on the tire, which comes directly into contact with the asphalt, are different from the chemical composition needed for the tire's sidewall protecting the cord plies and featuring tire markings.
Falling under ARLANXEO's Buna® BR portfolio, our high-cis butadiene rubbers under the brands Buna® CB and Buna® Nd offer unique polymeric structures enabling remarkable improvements in the performance of rubber vulcanizates.
Finding the right balance between processability and performance
Buna® CB – Nd BR(Neodymium Butadiene Rubber) has a very high 1,4-cis content together with a very low 1.2-vinyl content giving it good resistance to aging, reversion, abrasion and flex cracking, good low-temperature flexibility and high resilience. In addition to tire applications, Buna® CB is used in conveyor belts, golf balls, footwear soles, and caterpillar tread blocks.
Also a high-cis butadiene rubber, Buna® CB – Co BR(Cobalt Butadiene Rubber) has a higher degree of branching and broader molecular weight distribution than Buna CB catalyzed by neodymium. This allows for easier processing during the production of high-quality rubber goods. Applications include sidewall and tread compounds for tires. It can also be used for conveyor belts, golf balls, footwear soles. When blended with NR, it displays high resistance to reversion and high abrasion resistance.
For their part, Buna® Nd EZ grades, a new generation of high-cis butadiene rubbers catalyzed by neodymium, exhibit an outstanding balance between processability and performance. Typical applications are tires (tread and sidewall), retreads, conveyor belts and anti-vibration bushings. Rubber compounds with Buna® Nd EZ provide high abrasion and flex-cracking resistance.
More environmentally-friendly tires
As the development of smart cities is becoming an increasingly important global trend, it brings along major transformations leading to a greener and more sustainable future. This also hugely impacts the automotive industry.
ARLANXEO is at the cutting-edge of these rapid market changes. Our product series Buna® CB, Buna® VSL and Buna® FX offer rubbers for tires with excellent rolling resistance and road grip, as well as outstanding resistance to abrasion, flex cracking and fatigue. In addition, they contribute to sustainability goals by expanding the lifetime of tires. These product series can also provide customers with a safer driving experience while optimizing fuel efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.
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E-SBR is predominantly used for the production of car tires, light truck tires and truck tire retread compounds. It presents good mechanical properties, abrasion, and tear resistance.
The tire industry is the main market segment for S-SBR. S-SBR offers improved wet grip and reduced rolling resistance — which translate to greater safety and better fuel economy.