Month: June 2016

7th Rubber Modified Asphalt Conference, Ann Arbor (MI)

The Scrap Tire Research and Education Foundation, Inc.(STREF), the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), Rubber Pavements Association (RPA) and the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society are hosting the 7th Rubber Modified Asphalt Conference. Joining as co hosts are the Asphalt Institute, National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), Rubber Asphalt Foundation (RAF), National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT), Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment and the Federal Highway Administration. The National Conference will take place on November 2-3, 2016 at the Sheraton Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The topics slated for the conference include: Origins of the Technology Current Usage and Costs Case Studies from Department of Transportation 7th Rubber Modified Asphalt Conference Draft Agenda Wednesday, November 2, 2016 7:30 – 8:30 am – Registration 8:15 am – Welcome and Introduction 8:30 am – Rubber Modified Asphalt – History and Overcoming Perceptions 9:30 am – Arizona: Experience from the Original Program, and California: Experience and a Revised Program 10:50 am – Refreshment Break 11:00 am – How States Implement Rubber Modified Asphalt 12:30 pm – Lunch and Keynote Speaker from FHWA 2:00 pm – How Terminals Deliver Rubber into Binders (and why) 2:30 pm – State Case Studies 3:15 pm – Refreshment Break 3:30 pm – Contractors Case Studies: What Contractors need to consider in using Rubber Modified Asphalt 4:50 pm – Air and Water Environmental Effects 5:15...

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ETRA Stance on Crumb Rubber Infill

In a recent press release the European Tyre Recycling Association, ETRA, has stated that all the actors in the artificial turf sector need to unite in order to counter the allegations about the impact of tire rubber granulate used in sports fields. The claims that have been made state that tyre rubber has a harmful effect on the players, who are in contact with the rubber infill, particularly the goalkeepers. However, the results of the past two decades researching the subject do not show anything linking tyre rubber to cancer. The USA Environmental Protection Agency has listed 41 independent empirical researches, none of which have found any harmful effects of using tyre rubber in sports infill. The Synthetic Turf Association has listed 10 more similar reports. The 2007 ETRA ‘Artificial Turf Compendium’ has cited over fifty studies on the topic. Dr. Ettore Musacchi from ETRA has stated that in an investigation carried out by the City of Turin, Italy, comparative tests have shown no major differences between the levels of potential contaminants from sports fields and those sampled in the local urban area or on heavily trafficked streets. He also stressed that this was a complex situation and it needed addressing by all parties involved. There needed to be a wide co-operation to resolve the issues around rubber infill. ETRA is looking into this alongside the European Rubber Chemicals...

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Weibold! Academy: Rubber Granulate Applications

Dear Readers, This is the fifth article from our monthly blog series “Weibold! Academy”. With these articles we wish to provide our readers and our newsletter subscribers valuable knowledge about the tire recycling industry. We started our educational series with the basics and month by month we will together dwell deeper into the world of tires and the ways of recycling them. We believe that a good knowledge foundation might be beneficial for everyone involved in the industry and each month we will cover different topics, thus providing you with important know-how for the tire recycling industry. In the second article from our series we started explaining about the recycled rubber output spectrum and we also started covering the topic about Rubber Granulates. The third article explained about Rubber Granulates, Rubber Powder, Tire Derived Steel and Tire Derived Fiber, after that we covered the Tyre Recycling Value Chain. Last month we started describing the various applications for all kinds of output a tire recycling plant is generating and we covered the Whole Tires & Tire Shreds Applications in General and now we continue with rubber granulate applications. Rubber Granulate Applications Noise Barriers A variety of noise barriers are fabricated from used tires. The majority of designs utilize cut tires; some mix the tires with other waste products such as old railroad ties, worn skis, dairy containers, etc. In some an armature is built of ties and skis, halved tires...

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ESTO Congress, Brussels, 7 & 8 June 2016

The European Synthetic Turf Organisation (ESTO) organized a two-day congress in Brussels on 7 and 8 June. The congress was sponsored by Total and saw seven Working Groups come together to discuss, debate and move forward their segment of synthetic turf. This included the following groups (Landscape, Sustainability, Ecolabel, Maintenance, Recycling, Yarn, Shock pads, Infill). The congress also gave the ESTO members an insight into a) What’s happening in the industry b) Digital and marketing inspiration c) Technical focus on rubber crumb. Philippe Thiraux, Business Manager – infrastructure and durables gave a short introduction and welcome. Nigel Fletcher, Executive Chairman gave a word of welcome and a full detail overview of what is occurring at ESTO and for members to maximise the marketing and communication benefits of which there are plenty. Emphasis was put on the dual focus off “technical” and “marketing” with overall strategy to ensure synthetic turf and the benefits are constantly portrayed to a diverse audience. Nigel continued to focus on landscape market and in particular the landscape classification – continued positive developments occurring with the first product now passed. At different points of the day both Magali Geens, Managing Partner of Insites consulting gave a powerful presentation on marketing especially focussing on digital platforms. Kevin Roberts from the Roberts network gave an insight into the innovation and marketing of the global sports industry. EU issues...

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The Rubber Recycling Startup Retyres changing the game

If one drives around Cairo, an often encounter would be the smell of burning rubber from piles of waste tyres on the sides of the roads. From the annually generated 20 million scrap tyres, only a 10 percent are being recycled, according to the cofounder of Retyres Mahmoud Mohsen. With not many professional tyre recyclers on the market, Mohsen, Abdullah Annan, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz and Saher Nour saw a potential for their startup Retyres. In 2014 when they started out, they were all still attending the Suez Canal University as petroleum-engineering students. They entered a small competition with their idea and started as a small workshop for recycling tyres in their town. According to Mohsen, they were looking for something different, not common yet, which could benefit a problem, along with generating profit.  They won the competition and then upgraded from manual to mechanical, by establishing four machines, which were locally manufactured. The idea behind the company: Retyres processes tires into rubber cubes, those are then sold on to factories, which then process them either into powder or into new rubber products, or as alternative fuel to other factories. Between February and November 2015 while the Suez workshop was running, Mohsen said that the “business was not really good”. They were facing difficulties with the machines, which were extracting the steel from the rubber. This problem was solved in the...

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