LOUISVILLE, Ky.-Fleet tire management and scrap tire recycling are the focuses of two four-hour seminars kicking off the American Retreaders' Association's 38th World Tire Conference and Exhibition at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center in Louisville, April 6-8. The annual conference also will feature a general session with speaker Sunil Kumar of Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., 15 workshops and a trade show expected to include more than 250 exhibitors.
On April 5, prior to the show's opening, the ARA's task force on tire zipper failures will hold a meeting to discuss its findings of a year-long investigation into the problem. The task force will present a safety guidelines poster designed by the ARA and the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association.
The show schedule is similar to last year's, according to ARA Executive Director Marvin Bozarth, with the workshops providing updates on fleet management, tire failure analysis and repair, and scrap tire recycling. However, this year the ARA is presenting a workshop in Spanish on global retreading trends.
On the show's opening day, a seminar on fleet tire management will discuss limitations affecting tire repairability, trends in retreading, regulatory changes, future tire requirements and a financial overview of the tire and transportation industries.
Meanwhile, the scrap tire seminar will discuss creating a ``Buy Recycled'' program for recycled rubber products, effective marketing practices, strategies for resolving market barriers, successful market development initiatives and limitations in regard to tire repairability.
During the general session on April 7, Mr. Kumar, president of Bridgestone/Firestone Tire Sales Co., will address the positive effects change has had on BFS and its future challenges and how change can be adapted to improve a business.
The 90-minute workshops are slated for April 7 and 8. The retreading-related workshops are:
Overview of ARA testing and training programs, with a second session including a tour of the ARA training center;
Compliance with OSHA regulations;
Tire failure and out-of-service analysis;
Global retreading trends;
OTR and industrial tire repair techniques;
Intermodal tire and transportation trends;
Marketing tires and retreads; and
Tire inspection techniques.
The workshops on scrap tire recycling include discussions on:
Competitive uses for tire- derived materials in the construction market;
Local solutions to managing scrap tires and creating markets for tire-derived materials;
Progress in TDF and rubberized asphalt markets;
Products made from recycled rubber;
Global tire recycling development; and
Environmental concerns in the tire recycling plant.