A new airless tyre concept which is claims to be eco-friendly and maintenance-free has been recognised by 2020 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).
Kumho, the firm behind the e-NIMF concept tyre says it offers excellent driving stability and, unlike its conventional equivalents, doesn’t suffer from periodic deflation or need to be discarded when worn, as it can almost indefinitely be rejuvenated with replacement treads.
Meanwhile, its e-TOPS concept tyre is a hybrid product that features the combined strengths of pneumatic and airless tyres.
Its airless upper structure of spokes and tread protect the tyre from the threat of foreign matter, while the lower, less vulnerable section contains a degree of air.
Jung Il-Taik, senior vice-president of research and development at Kumho said: “For the past few years, we have been developing products such as airless tyres in active response to the future car market, and our success in the IDEA Awards scheme reflects Kumho’s future-oriented design and technological prowess.
“We have focused our research on airless tyres and hybrid products, and will continue reinforcing our design and technological capabilities in order to deliver both safety and convenience, the two qualities most sought after by our customers.”
Organised by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the 40-year old IDEA Awards scheme is one of the world’s most prestigious design competitions, which selects winners in accordance with the five criteria of innovative design, user experience, user benefits, corporate social responsibility and aesthetic values.