Sustainable materials company Lehigh Technologies has announced two new Board members. Former executive vice president and chief operating officer at Yokohama North America, Jim MacMaster has joined the company’s Board of Directors, while Adel Halasa, PhD, a polymer scientist formerly with Goodyear, has joined its Advisory Board.
Continental will pursue the principle of making commercial vehicle tyres go further for customers with its synergetic TBR retreading facility named the ContiLifeCycle Plant. Announced in 2012 and due to open in Hannover-Stöcken later in 2013, the 10 million euro-plus plant is set to become the world’s first plant to integrate rubber recycling with hot and cold retreading, and will create more than 100 new jobs at Conti’s headquarters. Tyrepress got in touch with Christian Saas, Conti’s director Retread Business Commercial Vehicle Tires, to get the latest information on the plant prior to it coming on line.
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A new initiative to help garages and tyre retailers across the country has been launched by the Tyre Recovery Association today. The Responsible Retailer Certificate of Compliance will be awarded to retailers meeting best practice standards by a member of the Tyre Industry Federation Responsible Recycler Scheme. The TRA says that the new scheme is designed to help garages and retailers not only to manage their used tyre disposal in line with industry standards; the Responsible Retailer Scheme also aims to help compliant businesses communicate their environmentally responsible credentials to customers. Also launched was a new website, which will contain a searchable database of all certified garages for motorists and of local collectors for retailers.
…but may be counter-suing the Environment Agency for millions. On 1 February Recycled Construction Systems Ltd (RCS) was ordered to pay £27,244 in fines and costs for illegally storing 100,000 waste tyres at a warehouse in East Devon. In the case was brought by the Environment Agency (EA) and heard at Exeter Crown Court RCS was found guilty of illegally depositing and storing 96,000 waste tyres at Westerhope Units, Dunkeswell. According to the EA, the company was one of several defendants in the South West’s largest ever waste crime investigation.
Following the major investigation into illegal tyre dumping broadcast by BBC TV’s Panorama on 16 July, the Tyre Recovery Association has highlighted the importance of garages, tyre retailers and vehicle dismantlers using responsible recyclers for the collection of their waste tyres. Peter Taylor, secretary general of the Tyre Recovery Association, said: “This latest investigation perfectly illustrates why such a scheme is necessary. It also shows the scale of devastation and criminality that results from those intent on operating outside of the law.” The programme showed how large quantities of tyres are being illegally dumped each year in the UK by unscrupulous and rogue collectors, resulting in huge clean up bills for UK taxpayers and landowners.
It is not often that a tyre journalist gets to take a turn at being TV critic, but July’s Panorama documentary focusing on tyre dumping was one such opportunity. This month’s Tyres & Accessories gives the 30 minute documentary the full treatment in the UK section of the forthcoming August magazine, however the issues raised are worth discussing in more detail.
At the recent Tyre Recovery Association annual dinner, held at the Ardencote Hotel, Warwickshire, TyreSafe honoured the winners of its outstanding achievement accolade for 2012. Chris Downes from Chandlers BMW and Phil Barrow from Sussex Police were present to receive the award on behalf of their respective organisations. The award announcement came hot on the heels of news that Sussex Police has signed up as an official TyreSafe supporter.
The Tyre Industry Federation (TIF), the trade body representing the tyre manufacturers, importers, distributors and retreaders in the UK has published a new factbook. TIF’s latest publication gives an overview of the tyre industry from manufacture to recycling and from road safety to lifecycle impact complete with some of the most detailed official statistics agreed by a British association.
On 27 June Karen Bradley, the Conservative MP for Staffordshire Moorlands, asked Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs the Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP “what regulations govern the use of tyre bales for land engineering.” While not riveting for those already in the know, their exchange shows that these issues are discussed in the halls of the palace of Westminster and gives some clarity to the interpretation and processes associated with these rules.
TyreSafe chairman Stuart Jackson has presented its annual award to PC Shaun McKeown, Forensic Vehicle Examiner for Cumbria Police Collision Investigation Unit, and Sgt Graeme Hodgson from the Roads Policing Unit at the Tyre Recovery Association’s annual dinner held at St Johns Hotel in Solihull on 17 June. Jackson said: “Our thanks go to Cumbria Constabulary for its relentless drive in supporting tyre safety. Not only has it been a great partner behind the scenes but has also been at the fore in many of our initiatives, as well as promoting those of its own.
Tyre Recovery Association members will be the first in Britain to offer Quality Protocol (QP) audits for tyre derived rubber materials to all its members. Based on the BSI Publicly Available Standards (PAS 107) for these materials, qualifying TRA member companies will, from this autumn, be able to acquire new product status for a range of size reduced materials derived from old tyres. Until now all such materials, however valuable, have been deemed waste and therefore subjected to permit and transportation constraints.
Leading companies and individuals involved with end of life tyres are to have their efforts recognised by the industry. The second Michelin Innovation Award will be presented at the Tyre Recovery Association’s (TRA) annual dinner on Friday 17 June. The award will be presented to the company or person judged to have made the most significant innovation in this key area of the industry.
According to Bridgestone, the responsible recycling of end of life tyres plays a fundamental role in the company’s commitment to the environment. The tyre maker has released a statement outlining its activities in this area, and in addition to its retreading operations, Bridgestone engages in recycling operations in which tyres not fit for further service are reclaimed for various purposes; Bridgestone lists use in children’s playgrounds, sports surfaces, running tracks, equestrian areas, flooring and the use of building composites as examples. Whole tyres are re-used in civil engineering for road embankments, coastal protection and sound barriers. Worn tyres are also collected and utilised as fuel for cement plant furnaces and in energy recovery at thermal power stations and incineration units.
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