Dunlop scientist recognised with award
A scientist at Birmingham-based Dunlop Aircraft Tyres has been recognised for his work in developing a new tread compound that could increase the tyre life and reduce operating costs for airlines. James O’Callaghan, 26, from Erdington received the Sue Panteny Award from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. While developing the new compound, O’Callaghan studied one-day a week for a polymer technology degree at Staffordshire University, which, after three years, he passed with first class honours last summer.
The new compound reduces the heat build up of the tyre and increases its abrasive resistance. Following extensive internal testing, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres will initiate controlled trials across various aircraft across Europe before deciding whether to incorporate it into new products.
“I’m delighted that another one of our employees has been recognised for their pioneering work,” said Ian Edmondson, chairman, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres. “We work in a competitive marketplace and it is through continual innovation that we will remain at the forefront of the aircraft tyre industry.
“Tyre manufacturers face constant pressure to improve performance and reduce aircraft operators’ costs. James’ work shows how we continue to lead the way in this field. I congratulate James on his first class honours degree and on securing this fantastic recognition from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.”