New nanomaterials offer promising avenues for future innovation, which can contribute
towards the sustainability and resource efficiency of the tyre industry. Yet uncertainty
over environmental health and safety (EHS) risks appears to be a main and continuous
concern for the development of new nanomaterials in tyre production, even for those
closest to market. Lack of sector-specific guidance represents a major gap.
This report provides insights into the policy issues related to nanotechnology
use in the tyre industry: the status of nanotechnology innovation in the sector and
the drivers of innovation in the tyre industry; the economic and social costs and
benefits of using nanotechnology in tyres; the safe use of new nanomaterials at all
stages of their life cycles; the identification of the tools and frameworks supporting
decision making at various stages of product development; and the facilitation of
outreach and knowledge transfer on the safe use of new nanomaterials.
A risk management framework has also been developed as part of the study to enable
site-specific or company-specific risk assessments or risk management strategies for
using nanomaterials as additives in tyres.