Find the RTL radio item "Terre d’innovation" from 16 December 2013 on the BioButterfly project, accredited by Elastopole, which deals with the development of a bio-source tyre from sugar. The consortium is run by Michelin and includes IFPEN and Axens with participation from Tereos.
At the end of 2013, three French companies, Michelin, IFPEN and Axens joined forces. They launched project BioButterfly (accredited by Elastopole), the objective of which was clearly stated as the production of butadiene from plant-based resources ; butadiene is a gas used to produce synthetic rubber (a subject on which Elastopole conducted a major study in 2012) and to set up in France a bio-source rubber factory with a capacity of 150,000 tonnes a year between now and 2020.
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Take a new look at rubber : This movie is an impressionistic piece of cinema aimed at encouraging people to look again at rubber and what it can do.
Originally, rubber was considered as a mythical material, omnipresent in pre-Colombian religions in Central America.
Originally, it was the Olmecs, whose name means "men of rubber" then the Mayans and the Aztecs saw it as "the world’s blood".
Today, when we talk about rubber, we mean polymers : an alchemy which finds applications in an infinite number of resolutely contemporary technologies. Men and women with a wide range of skills invest themselves in it with enthusiasm.
This film tries to be both :
A film by Pierre Schumacher, production by Sequence Image, with support from Elastopole, UCAPLAST and the SNCP.
Financed by DGCIS and the Ministry for the Economy, industry and employment as part of the "DEFI PME CAOUTCHOUC" programme with AGEFOS SME and the Centre region’s DIRECCTE.