Avon Tyres is to start using ‘clean oil’ in some of its products following an EU ruling that from January 2010 all new motorcycle tyres sold in the European Union have to be made with oil that features very low levels of PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons).
The company’s technical product manager for motorcycle tyres, Peter McNally, said: “We’ve been working hard with the change to ‘clean oil’ over the last two years because, if we want to sell tyres in Europe next year, we have to make this change.
“Using clean oil has led us to redevelop some of the compounds in our tyres. In the majority of cases, the grip levels have been unaffected, but in the case of our high-performance Avon VP2 Xtremes, grip levels have actually been increased.”
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