Top Priority for Retreading
Tyre retreading, recycling and disposal are top priorities for The Tire Cologne. These themes are decisive for further development of the industry. This is because, in addition to retreading, thermal and material recycling offers interesting potential for development, Gerald Böse, CEO Koelnmesse, says. The segment of retreading and recycling has its own presence in Hall 9 of Koelnmesse. The TTC is the only event in the current trade fair calendar that deals with the theme of recycling as a supplement to retreading and establishes it as an independent area of focus, Böse stressed.
At the centre of Hall 9, the Recycling Forum provides a complete overview of the decisive aspects in the field of tyre recycling, he said. “In addition to current trends, new technologies and trade themes, which will be presented by renowned experts, a large number of products that have been manufactured from recycled tyres can be seen in the special area. An impressive exhibition of the recycling industry.
Organised and supported by the European retreader association BIPAVER and Koelnmesse, the global conference for the retreading industry will take place in the context of the TTC premiere. The Global Retreading Conference is a one-time opportunity to take a global look at the decisive trends and developments of the industry. At the same time, it offers all participants the chance to meet the most important players of the industry at one place, said Böse.
However, the future will also be discussed and planned at the highest level in Cologne. The top experts of the industry gather at the “Future Tire Conference” to present and discuss the decisive trends and developments of tomorrow. As press representatives or trade visitors, you have the opportunity here to experience some of the best experts in the world live, and to acquire an exclusive knowledge advantage. As you see, Koelnmesse is more than up to the task of providing future-oriented impulses with a variety of programme points and measures, he added.
The “Future Tire Conference,” is organised by US publishing company Crain, which publishes two leading international industry publications — Tire Business and the European Rubber Journal.
Partner associations and renowned specialists from the South and North America, Europe, India and the South-east Asian region will present the global overview of the theme of retreading.
Among others Ralf Frohwerk, Global Head Business Development at SLM Solutions GmbH in Lübeck/Germany; Stefan Dengler, Managing Director at SDS Systemtechnik GmbH in Calw/Germany and Detlef Witt, Head of Global Product Management at Rema TipTop AG in Poing/Germany will update the audience about new and established technologies in the retreading sector.
The European market for retreading and its challenges will be the focus of presentations by Tim van der Rijken, General Secretary of BIPAVER and VACO, Leiden/The Netherlands. Leandro Rigon, Representative of ALARNEU and International Business Director Vipal Rubber, Porto Alegre/Brazil; Tim Hercock, President RMA, Managing Director Vacu-Lug Traction; Paulose Varughese, Director Midas Treads Pvt Ltd., Kottayam, Kerala/India; Chris Bloor, Executive Director Intern. Marketing and Sales, Giti Tire Global Trading PTE LTD, Singapore, will talk about the current market reports and international success stories from Brazil, Great Britain,India and Singapore.
The BRV is also active in these thematic fields, Stefan Helm, Chairman, BRV, said. “The recycling management of old tyres is also an important field of activity for the BRV. From an environmental perspective, retreading, which plays a very important role in the truck segment, occupies the top position. High quality tyres can be directed to retreading and in this way be given a second life. From the perspective of environmental policy with reference to continued material and thermal recycling, this is the preferred way. The increase in the import of affordable and low quality new tyres from the Far East, however, is increasingly posing existential problems for the primarily medium-sized retreading industry all over Europe. Here we, together with the European retreading association BIPAVER, are combating competitive distortions resulting from state-subsidised exports, especially from China, into the European market. The conference serves not only the purpose of an exchange of ideas between retreaders, but should also underline the significance of retreading for the economic region of Europe, which is oriented to sustainability.