Tyre Recycling Forum a Huge Success

pic of David Shaw presenting at The Tire on China
David Shaw gave an interesting and animated presentation on the enigmatic China market, which drew a large crowd keen to learn more

The first ever Tyre Recycling Forums at The Tire, Cologne, were well attended with each of the 29 speakers having a high quality audience of 40-45, throughout the Forums. In total around 110 - 120 people visited the Forums over the three days of the event.

Visitors learned about the enigmatic markets of China and Russia, and also the developing Chilean opportunities. In fact, Chile's Dario Andreani was overwhelmed by the response and the questions about the Chilean market.

The varied programme covered all aspects of tyre recycling from arisings through to pyrolysis and devulcanisation, via an update on the crumb rubber infill issue from Daniele Fornai from Ecopneus.

We also heard from Luis de Leon about the 1600km experience of rubberised asphalt in Spain - the leading utiliser of rubberised asphalt in Europe. This was real life experience and the subject held the attention of the audience.

Leading experts in the commercial field of recycling came together, with Dario Andreani from SUSTREND in Chile meeting with Chetan Joshi from the Indian tyre recyclers' association.

Networking between panels saw exchanges of information and there was a clear demand from speakers, exhibitors and visitors that this type of event must be repeated. Gabriel Leal from SIGNUS, who attended all three days, commented, "This is an event that the industry has needed. You must do it again." That was a sentiment repeated by every speaker and every audience member that we spoke with.

Koelnmesse were also delighted that this first step for the tyre recycling sector had been such a success and there is hope that there will be a bigger and better Forum at The Tire 2020.

About the author

Ewan has been editor of Retreading Business since 2006 and of Tyre & Rubber Recycling since the magazine was founded. During this period he has become an expert on the global tyre recycling sector. He has many years' experience as an automotive journalist including a period at Tyres & Accessories.

Email: ewan.scott@tyreandrubberrecycling.com


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