Tire Technology International Awards 2017 nominees declared  

Tire Technology International Awards 2017 nominees declared  

The organiser of the Tire Technology Expo 2017 revealed the shortlisted nominations for this year’s Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence.

The awards are decided by the votes of a 26-strong panel of experts from the tire industry and academia. The winners will be announced during the Expo at a Gala Dinner at the Hannover Congress Centrum, on the evening of February 15th.

A theme running through this year’s shortlist is the adoption of the latest consumer electronics developments and cutting-edge information technology into tire design and manufacturing. Bridgestone’s Examation tyre manufacturing technology, for example, incorporates artificial intelligence. In the Tire Supplier category, Comerio Ercole is using virtual reality to help plan calendering lines. Meanwhile Yokohama, whose two nominations include one for Tire Technology of the Year, has employed the latest computational fluid dynamics software to reduce the drag of new tire designs.

Environmental issues remain a focus for the industry and in the Environmental Achievement category, two tire makers and two suppliers will battle for honors with four impressive initiatives.

Elsewhere the Tire Manufacturer of the Year award will be closely fought between four global tire makers, two of which – Hankook and Michelin – have opened new, flagship R&D facilities in the past 12 months.

The Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence 2017 shortlist in full:

Tire Manufacturing Innovation of the Year

  • Bartell Machinery Systems – BeadView
  • Bridgestone – Examation
  • Kobe Steel – Librota GS Tire Uniformity Machine
  • Mitsubishi – MR-EX intermeshing mixer
  • ROmiLL – NSR Preheater

Environmental Achievement of the Year

  • Cooper Tire – Guayule tire research
  • Nokian Tyres – Biomass power plant
  • Rubreco/RPC – Devulcanization technology
  • Versalis/Genomatica – Renewable butadiene research

Tire Technology of the Year

  • Bridgestone – DriveGuard
  • EVE Rubber Institute/Ecombine/Versalis – ATCM liquid phase mixing
  • Mesnac/TMSI – Dynamic Footprint Test System
  • Sumitomo Rubber Industries – Advanced 4D Nano Design
  • Yokohama – Aerodynamic tires

Tire Industry Supplier of the Year

  • Comerio Ercole
  • Computype
  • GL Messtechnik
  • VMI Group

Tire Manufacturer of the Year

  • Continental
  • Hankook
  • Michelin
  • Yokohama

In addition, the 2017 Young Scientist Prize and Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented on the night. These two prizes are subject to separate judging processes.

The award ceremony is hosted at Tire Technology Expo, the world’s most influencial tyre manufacturing technology exhibition and conference.  Now in its seventeenth year, the expo offers visitors the world’s premier tire technology showcase, with exhibits of equipment and materials covering the complete spectrum of the tire manufacturing process.


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