Nokian Tyres and harmful chemicals in car tyres

Environmentally conscious consumers are interested in knowing what kinds of chemicals and toxins are used in tyres. In fact, very few toxins are used in tyre manufacturing these days, and tyres contain less and less material that is carcinogenic or otherwise harmful.

The European Union has endeavoured to standardise the legislation applying to the use of chemicals in all of its member countries: the so-called REACH regulation governs the use of chemicals in the EU. In relation to car tyres, it restricts the use of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), in particular. The REACH regulation also forbids the use of PAH oils in the manufacturing of tyres imported to EU markets. Therefore, tyre manufacturers all over the world must consider the EU regulations if they intend to sell their products in the region.

Nokian Tyres began decreasing the use of toxic chemicals in its production even before the EU legislation took effect. Early in its product development, the company began to consider toxin-free chemicals, and since 2005 its tyres have been manufactured without using carcinogenic substances. In 2010, a law came into force in the European Union that forbids the use of carcinogenic oils in the union. Nokian Tyres was showing the way a full five years before the restrictions on the use and import of toxic chemicals in Europe took effect. This kind of pioneering is a special strength of Nokian Tyres.

There will never come a time when no chemicals at all are used in the manufacturing of tyres. Nonetheless, the professionals working on product development at Nokian Tyres strive hard to ensure that the chemicals used in the company’s tyres are as harmless as possible and that the tyres are safe – both on the road and for the health.

  • Nokian Tyres products have been free of toxins since 2005
  • The EU regulates the use of PAH substances, whose use in tyres is forbidden
  • The selling of imported tyres that contain carcinogenic chemicals is also forbidden in the EU

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