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A decade ago, the smoke of a tire-dump fire prompted Zoltan Kemeny to investigate. He discovered that such fires are just one example of rubber tires’ impact on the environment—everyday wear and tear leads to microparticle accumulation. So Kemeny invented Air Suspension Wheels, swapping out rubber for polyurethane or steel treads encircling a steel core. Kemeny’s company, Global Air Cylinder Wheels, plans to sell its 100% recyclable tires to a number of industries, starting with the mining sector, where wear on tires is often most severe.

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