This year, Robert Weibold, an expert in tire recycling and pyrolysis, is attending the Tire Cologne as a speaker. In his topic “Future of Tire Recycling”, Mr. Weibold will provide an independent overview of the current situation in the tire recycling industry and possible scenarios and milestones of the industry’s further development. Robert Weibold’s speech will take place during Session 2 of the Tire Recycling Forum on May 29. To meet Robert in person, you can schedule a meeting during or after the event. Please send your inquiries to

Tire Cologne is the largest tire industry event in Europe and in 2018 it is hosting the Tire Recycling Forum for the first time! The event will gather 29 speakers from tire recycling industry, representing Ecopneus and Signus, European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturer’s Association, tire recycling equipment manufacturers and product developers, researchers in the field of tire recycling and many others.

Tire Recycling Forum will be held in Hall 9 at Koelnmesse during the first three days of the trade show. Attendance of seminars, workshops, talks and other events of the Tire Recycling Forum in the Hall 9 will be included in day pass price. Moreover, there will be an opportunity for participating companies to exhibit their equipment and products, present researches and services on Friday.

Agenda of Tire Recycling Forum

Session 1 – European Market Overview – 10.30 to 11.30, Tuesday 29 May

  • Ewan Scott – (Tyre & Rubber Recycling)
  • Daniele Fornai – (Ecopneus)
  • Jean-Pierre Taverne (ETRMA)
  • Peter Taylor (TRA)

Session 2- European Market Overview – 12.00 – 13.00, Tuesday, May 29

  • Robert Weibold (Robert Weibold GmbH)
  • Roberto Perez (Signus)
  • Arihant Singhi (Gemini)

Session 3 – Markets and Technology – 14.30-15.20, Tuesday, May 29

  • Andrea Pitto – (Salvadori srl)
  • Michael Graveman – (Granutech)
  • Stephen Murphy (Gradeall)

Session 4 – Global Market Trends – 10.30 – 11.30, Wednesday, May 30

  • Dario Andreani (INSAMAR- Chile)
  • David Shaw – (Tire Industry Research)
  • Vladislav Vorotnikov (Tyre & Rubber Recycling)

Session 5 – Rubber Technology and Recycling – 12.00 – 13.00, Wednesday, May 30

  • Fredrik Olofsson (Scandinavian Enviro Systems)
  • Chris Norris (Artis)
  • Sonia Megert-Marshall (TRS)

Session 6 – Crumb Rubber – An Update – 14.30 – 15.30, Wednesday, May 30

  • Stephan Rau (WdK)
  • Daniele Fornai (Ecopneus)
  • Luis Alfonso de Leon (Cirtec)

Session 7 – Environmental Impacts – 10.30 – 11.30, Thursday, May 31

  • Dario Andreani (Sustrend)
  • Wilma Dierkes
  • Third Speaker to be confirmed

Session 8 – Future Challenges for the Tyre Recycling Industry – 12.00 – 13.00, Thursday, May 31

  • ZARE (German Language Panel Discussion)
  • Moderator – Yorick Lowin (BRV),
  • Hanna Schoeberl (Kurz Karkassenhandel)
  • Herr Dr.-Ing. Stefan Hoyer (Forschungsbereich Extrusionstechnologien und Recycling)
  • Danny Schwalbe; MRH Mülsener Rohstoff- und Handelsgesellschaft mbH
  • Plus representatives from the tyre distribution trade, the cement industry and the political sphere

Session 9 – Rubber Technology and Recycling – 14.30 – 15.30, Thursday, May 31

  • Martin von Wolfersdorff – (Wolfersdorff Consulting)
  • Sam Visaisouk – (Tyromer)
  • François Baratin (Phenix)

Session 10 – Product Forum – 10.30 – 11.30, Friday, June 1

  • Session moderated by David Wilson (Publisher Retreading Business)

Session 11 – Product Forum – 12.00 – 13.00, Friday, June 1

  • Session moderated by Ewan Scott (Editor Tyre & Rubber Recycling)

Supplementary Events

The Tire Cologne provides tire recycling companies with a great opportunity to attend the largest tire event in Europe and establish directly contact with the tire manufacturers, researchers, potential customers and partners. Apart from the Tire Recycling Forum, there will be several other events which may catch an eye of tire recycling companies.

Global Retreading Conference

Organized and supported by the European retreading association Bipaver and Koelnmesse, the Global Retreading Conference will take place on May 29. Participants will have a chance to see a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments of tire retreading industry. Conference speakers include partner associations and renowned specialists from Europe, Americas, China, India, and Southeast Asia. In addition, the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB) will be exhibiting in the Retreading and Recycling section of the show.

An official up-to-date list of speakers at the Global Retreading Conference is available here.

“Modern trade fairs are a mix of business and emotional events that create additional points of attraction, provide impulses and move markets. The Tire Cologne is both, a business trade fair and a trend trade fair, with attractive trade congresses, special and other events.”

BRV, the German association for tire commerce and the vulcanizing trade, is the industry sponsor of Tire Cologne. Here are some of the upcoming events at the show.

Digital Reality

Theme area Digital Reality will describe what digitalization already means today for players in the tire industry and how its applications can be used in business. Here, exhibitors will present solutions for effective Internet-based commerce, data management in the networked workshop, and driving assistance systems.

This theme area will shed light on influences of digitalization on the tire industry and the tire trade. No doubt, digital transformation opens big chances for better quality of life, it yields new business models and helps build more efficient economy. The Tire Cologne will explain, how in particular Industry 4.0 will reshape existing business and what the industry should expect.

The Tire Cologne Creativity Award

Among other events, we would like to highlight Tire Cologne Creativity Awards. According to the organizers and the official website, the awards recognize innovations in the sectors of “Industry” and “Trade”.

Particularly good news is that the Creativity Award encourages to apply those companies, who are engaged, among other fields, in development of environment-friendly solutions, tire recycling and retreading.

According to the official website, the Creativity Awards are awarded in the following areas:

  • Innovation of the year – for the successful introduction of a product or service with a high degree of innovation
  • Best green idea – for sustainable concepts that are exemplary in terms of economy, eco-balance and social responsibility
  • Best future idea – for a product or service that can serve future business areas or generate new demand.

The Creativity Awards will be awarded on May 28, 2018 and is endowed with a prize money totalling 12,000 Euros. The winners will also be published in press releases by the fair as well as in social media. In addition, they can use the awards for advertising purposes to further sharpen their profile.

To register for the Tire Cologne and its events please click here.

To meet Robert during the event in person, please schedule a meeting via email