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Tire innertubes were the first major use of butyl rubber and remain a significant market today for bias and radial tires. Radial truck tube-type tires are particularly common and are even preferred over tubeless radial tires in many applications such as severe service and off-road.
Exxon butyl rubber is still used extensively for innertubes in countries where the road infrastructure is not highly developed and in low-speed tire applications such as construction, farm equipment, recreational and military vehicles. It is also used in new tire manufacturing for curing bladders and in tire retreading for curing envelopes.