In 2014, the USITC (United States International Trade Commission) completed an investigation of charges of price dumping by China. When David Frane, editor of Tools of the Trade, a sister publication to Concrete Construction reviewed the findings, he noted some interesting facts about U.S. consumption patterns and where and how tires are made.
One of our favorite findings, according to Frane:
Synthetic rubber and carbon black are made from petroleum—which suggests we are far more reliant on petroleum than most of us realize. A tire made mostly from petroleum could be on a truck powered by petroleum (gasoline, diesel, or natural gas) and wear itself out by rolling against a road surface that contains petroleum (asphalt being the petroleum byproduct used to bind aggregates in asphalt roads).
Read More to find out more details and watch a video on how tires are made.