Modern Tire Dealer’s European Writer John Stone visited the recent Tire Technology Expo in Hanover, Germany, where the latest tire production innovations were on display.
This year’s show broke new records with regards to exhibitors and also proved to be one of the busiest shows yet in terms of visitors, says Stone. There were 280 exhibition stands, and show organizer Tony Robinson, CEO of UKIP Media & Events and founder of the Tire Technology Expo, pointed out that within 15 minutes of the event opening its doors it was destined to be even more popular than the highly successful show last year.
“There was a great deal of impressive new tire manufacturing breakthroughs on display, including high-speed, swift-resolution inspection sensors from LMI Technologies along with an all-new RF-free dip coating formulation from first-time exhibitor Mehler Engineering Products," Stone says. "At the same time, Italian-based materials handling specialist Cassioli was attracting considerable attention with live demonstrations of its electric monorail system (EMS) for green tire handling.”
As usual, reports Stone, the highlight of the event was the annual awards night and there were a number of impressive innovations that took the accolades including Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ global brand Falken, which was named the Tire Technology Company of the Year for innovation and excellence with their advanced 4D Nano Design technology system.
Stone says, “Bridgestone took the Tire Manufacturing Innovation award for its latest tire assembly system and Continental was named as Tire Manufacturer of the Year for a series of new R&D and production investments. Also, Netherlands-based VMI captured the Tire Industry Supplier of the Year award for their Retrax automated precure tread applicator and newly introduced Pixxel Vision System. Finally, Versalis/Genomatica was named as Environmental Achievement Company of the Year for its pioneering research into renewable butadiene.”