TTI 2019 shortlisted nominations announced

TTI 2019 shortlisted nominations announced

Tire Technology Expo 2019 announced the shortlisted nominations for this year’s Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence.

A panel of  30-  experts from the tyre industry and academia will decide the winners.  The winners will be announced during the Expo at a Gala Dinner in the Kuppelsaal at the Hannover Congress Centrum, on the evening of March 6.

Materials innovation is again at the heart of this year’s shortlist as the tyre industry addresses the often-conflicting challenges of better tyre performance and reduced environmental footprint. As such, there are several nominations for new materials initiatives by tire makers and expert suppliers in the Tire Manufacturing Innovation of the Year, Tire Technology of the Year and Environmental Achievement of the Year categories.

In Tire Technology of the Year category, cutting-edge virtual development tools also feature extensively, as the design and testing processes become increasingly digitized.

And as always, the Tire Manufacturer of the Year award will be closely fought between five global tire makers. In the last year, these manufacturers have publicly ramped up efforts to improve their green credentials, with Continental and Hankook focusing on the development of alternative natural rubber sources; Bridgestone developing an innovative new material that could be used to create more durable tires; SRI introducing its latest future, sustainable tyre technology concepts; and Michelin implementing an ambitious recycling initiative.

The shortlist in full:

Tire Manufacturing Innovation of the Year

HF Group – TBM One

Festo – Motion Terminal VTEM

Uzer Makina – Pre-heating presses

Intralox – Use of VR technology

Computype – Chromaffix

Environmental Achievement of the Year

Lehigh Technologies/Michelin

RubberJet Valley – High-pressure water jet technology

Bridgestone – high-strength rubber

Yokohama – Isoprene from biomass technology

Michelin – RF-free dipping


Tire Technology of the Year

PRL – Instrumented Chip&Cut analyzer

FineLine Technologies – Pre-Cure RFID Bead Label

Comerio Ercole – Variable Bias Cutting Unit

Eastman Chemical – Crystex Cure Pro

Goodyear – DuraShield

Fraunhofer ITWM – CDTire

Kordsa/Continental – RF-free adhesive system

Nokian – Tractor King

SRI – Sensing Core

Michelin – Acorus

Pirelli – Cyber Car

PPG Silica/Bridgestone – Surface-modified silica

Toyo Tires – Aero simulation technology

Trinseo – Functionalized S-SBR


Tire Industry Supplier of the Year


Test World (Millbrook)

Uzer Makina

Rodolfo Comerio


Black Donuts

Smithers Rapra


Tire Manufacturer of the Year








In addition, the 2019 Young Scientist Prize and Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented on the night. These two prizes are subject to separate judging processes.

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