VMI bags Tire Industry Supplier of the Year award at TTE 2017
World’s leading supplier of machinery for tyre manufacturing VMI received the Tire Industry Supplier of the Year award at the Tire Technology Expo 2017 yesterday.
The award was received by Harm Voortman, President and CEO of the VMI Group.
Each year, the Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence are presented to reward the successful companies in the tyre design and manufacturing industry. The shortlist of nominees is compiled based on input from the readers of Tire Technology International and the magazine’s editorial team. An independent panel of international tyre industry experts then cast their votes to determine the winners.
“Over the years VMI has consistently developed and delivered high-quality tyre building machines and related factory equipment to global manufacturers. Not surprisingly, the tradition continues with the commercialization of the Milexx truck-tyre building machine,” said Joe Walter, adjunct professor, mechanical engineering, University of Akron, USA one of the judges.
Another panellist David Shaw, head of research, Tire Industry Research, said, “VMI has consistently responded to the industry’s needs for faster, more reliable tyre-building machines and other equipment. The company has pioneered greater automation as part of the drive to reduce costs and improve quality over many years. The Milexx machine is a milestone in TBR building productivity, while the automated vision systems being introduced to its newer TBMs promise greater accuracy, faster build times and even higher productivity. The company’s commitment to the tire industry is demonstrated in the ever-growing list of customers around the world.”
After receiving the award, Harm Voortman said, “We are honored to receive this prestigious award. It is great to see that our innovative work and dedication to the tire industry is recognized by independent experts. It confirms our strategy to bring value to our customers by providing unique and innovative solutions. We will continue to develop new products and services to help our customers face the challenges of the future.”
Japanese tyre company Bridgestone’s Examation tyre assembly system was given the Tire Manufacturing Innovation of the Year Award in recognition of scientific and technological excellence in tyre manufacturing. Examation combines revolutionary artificial intelligence with information and communication technologies, for improved quality and enhanced factory productivity.
Versalis/Genomatica won the Environmental Achievement of the Year award for its long-term project to create renewable butadiene. The companies embarked on the joint venture in a bid to address concerns around potential butadiene shortages and price increases.
Sumitomo Rubber’s Advanced 4D Nano Design bagged Tire Technology of the Year this year. Sumitomo Rubber’s Advanced 4D Nano Design, which makes is possible to perform highly realistic simulations of the complex internal structures and behaviours of rubber materials at the nanoscale.
German tyre giant Continental won Tire Manufacturer of the year, beating off stiff competition from Hankook, Michelin and Yokohama. This is the second time Continental have won this award, first picking up the accolade in 2014.
Professor Gert Heinrich, Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research, Dresden was honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award