Vittoria Industries, the Italian maker of tires for bicycles, has opened a new tire compound factory near Bangkok employing about 60 people. This will be the first facility for a tire maker to use Nanographyte in its compounds. Developed by Directa Plus S.p.A., with which Vittoria has a joint venture, Nanographyte provides air-tightness, lower rolling resistance and better grip to bike tires. It's also lightweight, with inner tubes weighing just 30 grams. With the joint venture, Vittoria is the first company using Nanographyte outside the U.S. Vittoria makes tires for big companies through its production base in Thailand, Lion Tyres (Thailand) Co. Ltd.