Teijin Fibers Limited (Japan) announced that its chemically recycled polyester ECO CIRCLE FIBERS* are now being used in the cords of Toyo Tire & Rubber's PROXES Ne tires. Toyo Tire Europe GmbH introduced these tires to the European market beginning in April 2009. ECO CIRCLE FIBERS are marketed under the brand name ECOPET PLUS in Japan. Toyo Tire & Rubber launched PROXES Ne in Japan last December, as special tires designed for environmentally oriented passenger cars. The company has now expanded its market for this product into Europe. Teijin's ECO CIRCLE FIBERS are being used for the carcasses of the tires as the world's first recycled polyester adopted for tire cords.
ECO CIRCLE FIBERS are created through a closed-loop recycling system called ECO CIRCLE, which employs the world's first chemical recycling technology, developed by Teijin Fibers. The system employs the world's first technology for chemical recycling, which chemically decomposes polyester for conversion into new polyester raw materials that offer purity comparable to those derived from petroleum. Earlier, Teijin's ECO CIRCLE FIBERS have been mainly used for uniforms, sportswear as well as other fashion/sports items such as bags and gloves.