Startup Hopeful of TMPS Success - Tire Review Magazine

Startup Hopeful of TMPS Success

(Staffordshire, U.K./Tyres & Accessories) Very few people have heard of EoPlex, but this startup company in Redwood City, Calif., hopes to make its mark on the tyre world.

The company has come up with a way of ‘printing’ three-dimensional metal and ceramic objects. The process involves a special ink and ultraviolet light. The exact ingredients of the ink used remains a closely guarded secret, but the EoPlex technique enables the manufacture of items far too small to be made by conventional means.

One miniscule item the company intends to develop using this process is a device built into the tread of a tyre. This device is designed to generate an electrical current through the process of piezoelectricity – the ability of crystals such as quartz to create an electric charge simply by being vibrated. As a tyre travels along the road, the pressure placed upon it would create such vibrations, thus creating voltage without a battery.

EoPlex chief executive Arthur Chait has realised the potential of this device in an age when legislation increasingly demands the fitting of tyre pressure sensors to new vehicles. Chait is confident that the EoPlex solid-state device will prove to be cheaper to make and more reliable and long lasting than the conventional battery-reliant sensors tyre manufacturers currently use.

As for the commercial viability of this product, there seems little doubt in the chief executive’s mind. "There’s a lot of tyres made each year," Chait commented.

You May Also Like

Nokian Tyres receives A- sustainability score from CDP

This is the fourth consecutive year that Nokian Tyres has received an A- for its climate work.


Nokian Tyres scored an A- from CDP for its actions aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change-related risks, the company said. Scores A and A- represent leadership level. This is the fourth consecutive year that Nokian Tyres has received an A- for its climate work.

How tire traction and tread design affect tire performance

Even though tires might all look the same to some customers, you should inform them how tread design works to improve their experience.

Club 3633 nominations for 2024 are open

Club 3633 is an exclusive group of industry professionals that celebrates the next generation of innovators in the tire industry.

Straightaway Tire brings on industry vets to promote training initiatives

John Wafler and Jason Servidio will drive platform-wide internal training initiatives for Straightaway Tire.

TyreXpo Asia 2024 confirmed for Bangkok

The event is expected to attract over 4,000 international attendees from around 60 countries.

Other Posts

Hamaton to relocate its European distribution hub in Germany

The new location, still located on the Siemensring business park, will provide increased storage space and more.

Hankook Tire’s Rob Williams on leveraging momentum for global expansion

The company’s North America president tells all regarding product philosophy, dealer growth strategy, and what responding to the tire market means in 2024.

Bill Ziegler, Ziegler Tire president, dies

Bill spent 48 years with Ziegler Tire, most recently as president.

Pirelli marks 50 million tires manufactured at Mexico plant

Since 2012, Pirelli has invested over $900 million in the plant.