Science: How to Lick the Tire Shortage?

Thiokol can retread over 1,000,000 civilian tires a month.—Industrial experts.

With luck, Thiokol can retread 160,000 civilian tires a month.—Government experts.

But both parties to the argument agree that Thiokol, the new retread material, can do a lot of retreading, can substantially ease the civilian tire shortage.

Thiokol is an elastic plastic made by Dow Chemical Co. Its merits as a retread material, hitherto overlooked, were enthusiastically presented to WPB last week by an authoritative group of experts from the rubber, chemical and automotive industries, headed by famed Research Engineer Charles Kettering of General Motors....

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