Franco Annunziato confirmed as President of ETRMA

The Board of Directors of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufactures’ Association gave a strong signal of commitment and continuity to face the actual macroeconomic scenario, via the confirmation of the presidency to Mr Franco Annunziato, Bridgestone Vice president and Senior Advisor. In the same meeting, Mr Joan Vicenç Durán, from Consorcio Nacional de Industriales del Caucho, was elected Vice President. Both functions are effective as of 1st January 2021 for a three-year mandate.

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USTMA finds that recycling of end-of-life tires has stalled

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While tires remain one of the most recycled products in the U.S., end-of-life markets are not keeping pace with the annual generation of scrap tires, a new report released by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) reveals.

The 2019 Scrap Tire Management Report – USTMA’s 14th – reveals that almost 76% of scrap tires were recycled in products such as rubber modified asphalt, the manufacturing of automotive products and mulch for landscaping and other products, and tire-derived fuel in 2019. This is down from 96% in 2013, when scrap tire recycling peaked.

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Pirelli reboots its R&D to stay on track through the pandemic | Reuters

MILAN (Reuters) – When the coronavirus pandemic forced Italian tyremaker Pirelli PIRC.MI to temporarily shut its factories in March, R&D chief Pierangelo Misani needed a rapid rethink. With a new range of products due to be launched by early next year at the latest, Misani scrambled technicians and IT teams to get more research and development shifted online so locked down engineers could test materials and tyres virtually.

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AirBoss Announces US$22.0 Million in Awards Across ADG’s Survivability Portfolio

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NEWMARKET, Ontario, Oct. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AirBoss of America Corp. (TSX: BOS) (the “Company” or “AirBoss”) today announced that AirBoss Defense Group (“ADG”) has recently been awarded an additional US$22.0 million in contracts across its survivability portfolio for multiple parties in North America and internationally.

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Prediction without verification = uncertainty

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Tire development increasingly uses analytic modeling tools to evaluate choices and guide a program. Here, modeling and simulation specialist Bay Systems explains the importance of verification in this process.

Models generate predictions where accuracy rests upon the quality of the model and the accuracy of the input data. Before a model can be used to develop a product the model itself must be developed and validated.

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TRAC’s Carol Hochu Ready To Raise Profiles And Advance Issues

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Not even a pandemic can stop Carol Hochu, president and CEO-elect of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC), from hitting the ground running. Before officially beginning her position at the end of September, Hochu was making appointments, booking tours and reaching out to counterparts around the world like the United States Tire Association (USTA). “I want to connect with staff, board members, and other key stakeholders,” says Hochu. “I want to jump in with both feet and get rolling.”

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GPSNR’s new Policy Framework drives members commitment to sustainable rubber production and sourcing

Singapore, 23 September 2020: On Wednesday, members of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) convened the annual General Assembly, which saw the approval of a members’ sustainability policy framework and the creation of a new membership category for smallholder producers of natural rubber.

The newly approved policy framework will help GPSNR member companies, who account for almost 50% of global natural rubber volume, to establish or update strong supply chain sustainability commitments through their natural rubber purchasing policies, on all aspects of sustainability: economic, environmental, and social. Modeled around the Platform’s 12 Principles of Sustainable Natural Rubber, the new policy framework sets out eight overarching themes that include commitments to legal compliance, community livelihoods, healthy, functioning ecosystems (including no deforestation), and respecting all human rights.

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Device to curb microplastic emissions wins James Dyson award

A device that captures microplastic particles from tyres as they are emitted – and could help reduce the devastating pollution they cause – has won its designers a James Dyson award.

The Tyre Collective, a group of masters students from Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art, scooped the UK prize of the international competition with their solution for the growing environmental scourge of tyre wear caused by road transport.

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Goodyear Progresses Toward Goals in Annual Report

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company released its annual report on corporate responsibility performance. The report summarizes the company’s actions in 2019 that demonstrate Goodyear’s commitment to ethical and sustainable processes, materials and programs that can help people, communities and the environment.

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BMZ and Continental are making a rubber supply chain digitally traceable for the first time

Hanover / Berlin, August 27, 2020. For the first time ever, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and technology company Continental are making a rubber supply chain seamlessly electronically traceable – from cultivation in Indonesia and further processing through to tire production.

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