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14.09.2017

KeyGene Delivers Natural Rubber for World’s First Green Bike Tyre

KeyGene Delivers Natural Rubber for World’s First Green Bike Tyre

Last month during the Eurobike exhibition in Friedrichshafen (GER) the first bike road tyres made of dandelion rubber; the Fortezza Flower Power, was showcased by Vredestein. This innovative road tyre is made of rubber extracted from the roots of dandelions, the result of a joint initiative called DRIVE4EU, co-financed by the European Union. KeyGene, partner in DRIVE4EU, has made this possible by providing roots of an enhanced rubber dandelion variety, Flexilis® Plus, to the DRIVE4EU consortium partners. This  Flexilis® Plus variety is developed by KeyGene.

The prototype road bike tyre is the first in the world produced with natural rubber extracted from the roots of the Kazakh dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz TKS). As the rubber is derived from a plant known for it’s beautiful yellow flowers it has been named Flower Power.

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