LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Tire and rubber recyclers will gather to share their successes and pratfalls and identify market trends at a new ``town meeting'' during the International Tire and Rubber Association's 40th World Tire Conference & Exhibition, April 16-19 in Louisville. The town meeting will be held April 19 as one of the final workshops in a four-day schedule of 26 educational seminars that fall into three general categories: commercial tires and service; tire retreading and repairing; and scrap tire processing.
The conference also will feature a keynote address by Eugene Culler Jr., Goodyear executive vice president for North American tires, and a three-day trade show at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center.
The show also will include the annual Retread Appearance Contest and the 1997 International Tire Retreading and Repairing Hall of Fame induction and ITRA awards banquet.
The ITRA, formerly the American Retreaders Association, said it has designed the workshops to address the specific needs of its various constituent groups. Some of the workshops discuss issues pertaining to more than one group, such as the seminar on reducing workers compensation claims, which is recommended for all attendees.
For commercial tire and service dealers, workshop topics will include:
What's new in commercial rims and wheels;
Computerized tire tracking in production and in the fleet;
Effects of higher speed limits on truck tires;
Managing your business finances successfully;
Successful tire and retread marketing;
Performing proper fleet inspections and surveys;
Managing a successful tire service operation; and
ITRA's new training and certification program for commercial tire service personnel.
For tire retreaders and repairers, workshop topics include:
Firsthand experiences with new retread technology;
Passenger and light truck tire retreading technology;
Visual tour through the world of retreading; and
Analyzing tire and repair failures.
crap tire recycling workshops will include:
Between the lines of government regulations;
Improving efficiencies through plant safety;
Civil engineering—rubber's hot spots;
Sports surfaces are running away with the markets;
Steel and fiber—where do they go?;
Asphalt rubber—what does the future hold?
TDF—that dynamic fuel;
The essence of marketing: customer is first, last and always;
Quality—changing the image of the industry;
OTR tires—scrap tire's market niche;
Emerging markets for recycled rubber; and
Factory scrap—don't dump it.
The conference will present two technical workshops, one in Portuguese and the other in Spanish, for international attendees. The ITRA said more than 25 percent of the 1996 show attendees represented 62 countries outside the United States.
The Tire Recycling Industry Town meeting, presented by the ITRA Tire and Rubber Recycling Advisory Council, will feature Dana Arnold of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, John Serumgard, chairman of the Scrap Tire Management Council, and Carol Brown, program manager of the Clean Washington Center.
These three officials will update processors on purchasing practices, design guidelines for civil engineering projects and the best practices for using scrap tires and tire-derived materials.