GRI has launched an eco-friendly variant of its Ultimate XT solid tire. In the new version, the tire manufacturer has replaced petroleum-based oil with natural oil, which is carbon neutral and renewable. GRI developed this variant of the tire asn outcome of its collaboration with a team of scientists at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka.
Called Premium Plus Ultimate XT, the new tire is made of rubber sourced from Sri Lanka and comes with a tread design that offers the twin advantages of a low level of rolling resistance and a high run time. The result is longer tire life and conservation of energy.
Tire test results showed that replacing the petroleum oil with the special, environmentally friendly oil is viable as it has not compromised the performance of the tire in any manner.
Commenting on the new tire, Mahesha Ranasoma, CEO of GRI said that GRI makes all of its strategic and tactical decisions after considering their effect on the environment. GRI’s policy is to promote sustainability along with developing premium specialty tires. One of the company’s key goals is to contribute in some manner to making the world more sustainable. Thus, GRI takes into account not only the well-being of the current global community but also the generations to come.
The Premium Plus Ultimate XT is an all-terrain tire that be used on all types of surfaces and in all kinds of conditions including indoor, outdoor, low temperature, high temperature, and wet and dry conditions.
As part of its drive to promote sustainability, GRI has installed a solar panel power system that covers the entire roof of its factory in Sri Lanka, as well as biomass boilers and fully recyclable waste and water management systems.
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