Tire & Rubber Goods

APV has grown alongside the tire industry in Akron, Ohio. Today, we provide a comprehensive product line for every step of the tire making and rubber manufacturing process. This includes: rubber cements, marking inks (for striping, alpha numeric coding via inkjet or offset printing), outside tire or precure paints, lubricants, repair paints, rubber marking crayons, dot markers, and much more. APV also has a full line of water-based products that address the VOC and emissions regulations for production facilities.

Products for the Tire and Rubber Industry:

Bead Dip Cement

Bead dip cement is a water-based adhesive specifically formulated for uncured bead rings used in new tire manufacturing. The product secures the bead into place while it proceeds through the tire building process and will cure in an autoclave.

Tread Cement

Tread cement is a water-based adhesive formulated for use on multiple components of a tire in new tire manufacturing. The product is applied to uncured rubber compound, such as the underside of extruded tread, splices, and skives, to adhere these components together.

ZEVOC® Retread Cement

ZEVOC® retread cement is the first patented water-based cement for cured rubber substrates. The product is typically used in retread manufacturing and tread manufacturing to adhere a new tread to a buffed carcass or to prep a tread for retread manufacturers. Although this product is water-based, has zero VOCs, and no HAPS, its adhesion ability matches or exceeds solvent-based alternatives.


ZyMER is the only commercially available rubber compound technology that successfully transfers the advantages of carbon nanomaterials into a variety of elastomer products. Using Zyvex Technologies’ Kentera® technology, ZyMER is an ideal method to improve the mechanical and electrical performance of rubber compounds.


Decals are applied by transferring the lettering and/or logo onto a rubber surface or tire sidewall using a post-cure heat transfer method (time, temperature, and pressure). The result is a decal that projects brand awareness with a high-end aesthetic.

Bead Marking Ink

Bead marking ink, also referred to as TA-series ink, is a water-based, co-curable product that is typically used in tire manufacturing to mark uncured bead rings for identification purposes.

Cure Indicator Ink

Cure indicator ink is a solvent-based ink that changes color to give an indication when a rubber compound has been fully cured. It is applied by gravity-feed through a Beugler® striping wheel or offset printer to differing rubber substrates. It can also be engineered for different application transfers.

Pad Ink

Pad ink is an solvent-based, acrylic ink used to mark graphics, logos, and/or other markings onto a variety of materials including rubber, plastics, glass, ceramics, steel, aluminum, paper, and lacquer coated surfaces. It can be custom-engineered for different surface requirements. We offer both curable and uncurable formulations for tire production applications.

Transfer Ink

Transfer inks are used to transfer graphics or identification markings to an extensive variety of substrates. Available in solvent-based or water-based, these inks are applied via offset, transfer wheel, or direct application. Our transfer inks can be custom engineered to adhere to all substrates including rubber, plastics, glass, ceramics, and metals such as steel and aluminum.

Tread Striping Ink

Tread striping ink is typically used in tire manufacturing to mark the centerline of a tire or extruded rubber tread for coding and identification purposes during production. Tread striping inks are HAPS-free, which allows our customers to meet EPA restrictions. They have consistently proven to reduce defects and waste, and are available in a broad range of vibrant colors & viscosities.

UV-Readable Ink

APV’s line of UV-readable ink is used to invisibly mark tires or rubber surfaces. This ink dries colorless when applied to extruded rubber, and becomes highly visible as a white fluorescent color when exposed to ultraviolet light. It is invisible to the naked eye and co-cures with the tire or rubber part during molding.

Dot Markers

Dot Markers are typically used in tire manufacturing to denote high point, conicity, and pass/fail marks. The dots help to ensure synchronization of the tires during the rim assembly process and when mounting a tire.

Tire Writers

APV’s tire writers are water-based and can be removed easily with water. This product is used to mark cured tires or rubber goods for inspection and identification purposes in the manufacturing process.

Crayons/Ply Markers

The fugitive crayons, also referred to as ply markers, are safe for internal use on uncured rubber surfaces such as calendared material, plies, bead rings, etc. When used in production, fugitive crayons do not act as contaminants and will not cause delamination. The product is available in a variety of colors.

UV Crayons

The UV marking crayon (C-0303) is specifically designed to mark a rubber surface with visibility under UV identification and inspection cameras. The product is compatible with uncured rubber surfaces and is not visible after curing. This crayon fluoresces under 365 nm ultraviolet light. It is a valuable tool for identification and quality control procedures in rubber manufacturing.

Disappearing Crayons

The disappearing crayon (C-0300) is specifically designed to visibly mark uncured rubber surfaces to denote problem areas or identify material in a production process. The mark disappears from the surface or becomes no longer visible once the rubber part has been cured. Disappearing crayons are also a valuable tool for identification and quality control procedures in rubber manufacturing.

Bead & Machine Mounting Lube

These lubricants are specifically designed for high production tire mounting on uniformity balancing machines and can also be used for mounting tires.

Bladder Lube

APV’s bladder lube and release coating is a silicone-based lube that air dries to form the coating. It is used on new bladders or as a refresher for old bladders.

Inside Tire Lube

APV’s inside tire lubricants are specifically formulated to provide excellent release from a tire mold while promoting rubber flow and air bleed. Our tire lubricants are available in solvent-based or water-based formulations. APV also offers both reactive and non-reactive lubricants to meet your requirements.

Mandrel & Pan Lube

APV offers a complete line of solvent-based and water-based mandrel lubricants for both bent and rigid mandrels. APV also offers pan lubricants for the hose and automotive industries. They provide superior anti-stick properties with no residue or contamination. These state-of-the-art lubricants meet the high demands of production output with excellent performance qualities and reduced rejection rates.

Mold Release

Mold release lubricants from APV are available as a curable or noncurable silicone based product. Based on your application, choose curable for a semi-permanent coating or noncurable for use as a multi-release mold lubricant.

APV eCoolRoof®

APV eCoolRoof is a white, field-applied, cool roof coating system engineered to significantly increase the emissivity and total solar reflectance properties of a roof’s surface. The product’s reflectivity is warranted for 10 years, which is more than three times longer than conventional elastomeric acrylic coatings. APV eCoolRoof meets and exceeds the Cool Roof Rating Council’s (CRRC) standards for cool roof coatings.

Pre-Cure Outside Tire Paint

This water-based paint is used on unvulcanized rubber tires and other rubber surfaces including sheet rubber. The pre-cure paint creates space, which improves air-bleed and provides a uniform fluid flow. As a result, the look of the finished tire is significantly enhanced.

Repair Paint

Rubber repair paint is used in new tire and retread manufacturing and applied to cured rubber surfaces in the final finish stage. The product hides blemishes, crayon marks, and other minor defects and enhances the look of the finished tire.

Sidewall Protective Paint

Sidewall protective paint is a superior sprayable, blue-colored paint typically used on cured white lettering, white sidewall panels, and APV’s heat transferred decals. The product protects the white rubber from scuffing- (caused when tires are stacked for storage and shipping), handling, UV light damage, as well as the adverse effects of oils & resins emitted after curing.

Stencil Paint

Stencil paints are used to enhance race tire sidewalls and any other cured rubber surface with a logo or brand name. These paints have been specifically formulated for cured rubber compounds, and have excellent adhesion characteristics, crack resistance, and color retention, without bleed-through.

Jet Printing

Jet printing ink is engineered specifically for the REA JET® Large Character Ink Jet Printer System. Typically, the ink is used for alpha-numeric identification and inventory labeling on rubber components. It can be applied during various steps in the tire production process and is supplied in water-based or solvent-based chemistries.

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