The American Retreaders' Association has produced a 16-page booklet explaining retreading benefits and procedures in layman's terms. The booklet, Understanding Retreading, explains the inspection, buffing, repairing and final inspection phases of both mold cure and precure processes, while also addressing the value, safety and environmental benefits of retreaded tires.
Attendance down slightly from '94
Attendance at the ARA's 38th annual World Tire Conference & Exhibition this year fell slightly from 1994, according to association figures.
Total attendance declined by 124 to 5,241. Excluding exhibitors, attendance fell by 97 to 3,128.
The 1995 show had 20 fewer exhibitors-including 13 fewer scrap tire exhibitors-for a total of 233.Babek tapped to take
Babek tapped to take over ARA presidency
The American Retreaders' Association will undergo a change in leadership June 1.
William Babek of Babek Commercial Tire Systems, Avenel, N.J., will take over as president for a three-year term, replacing Michael W. Berra, Community Tire Co., St. Louis, who has served for two years.
W. Randy Drake of McGriff Treading Co. in Cullman, Ala., will become vice president, and Michael D. Clark of Kentucky Tire Exchange Inc., Bowling Green, Ky., will assume the secretary-treasurer's post. Mr. Clark replaces Daniel J. Fedie, formerly of Bauer Built Inc., who has left the tire industry.
The ARA also elected two directors to three-year terms: Peggy J. Fisher of Roadway Tire Co., Columbus, Ohio; and Robert Sherwood of Tristani Retreading Corp., Sabana Seca, Puerto Rico.
New recycled rubber group seeks members
A new trade association-the North American Recycled Rubber Association-has formed to help meet the needs of those in the rubber recycling industry, especially transporters, processors and dealers, as well as makers of recycled rubber products.
Based in Oshawa, Ontario, NARRA offers networking opportunities, including a computer bulletin board, through which, for example, producers of recycled rubber material can connect with potential users, said Secretary Philip E. Coulter.
Formed last fall, the 50-member group also lobbies government agencies on behalf of the industry, is building a library of technical/business resources, and plans to launch a quarterly newsletter, Mr. Coulter said.
Contact: NARRA, 74 Simcoe St. S., Suite 301, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 4G6; (905) 404-8265.