Up to 30 different kinds of rubber, fillers and other ingredients are used in your tire’s rubber. The ingredients are mixed in giant blenders to create a black, gummy compound that will be sent on for milling.
The cooled rubber is cut into strips that will form the basic structure of the tire itself. At the milling stage, other elements of the tire are prepared, some of which are then coated in another type of rubber.
It’s now time to make the tire – from the inside out. The textile elements, steel belts, beads, ply, tread, and other components are placed in a tire-building machine. The result is a ‘green tire’ – a tire that is beginning to look finished.