This May, Robert Weibold will be attending the Tire Cologne – international trade fair for the tire industry – 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 further industry’s development. Robert Weibold’s speech will take place during Session 2 of the Tire Recycling Forum on May 29.

The business trade fair will be held in Cologne, Germany, from May 29 to June 1. To meet Robert in person, you can schedule a meeting during or after the event. Please send your inquiries to

About the Tire Cologne

The Tire Cologne is a business trade fair which takes place annually in Germany and attracts tire manufacturers, tire dealers, tire recycling companies and retreading companies from the entire world.

The Tire Cologne is usually regarded as a trade fair for tires and wheels, but according to the organizers of the show, it is far more than that. Indeed, apart from the focus on tire manufacturing, this year’s trade fair will include events such as Tire Recycling Forum, Global Retreading Conference, Digital Reality, The Fleet Lounge, etc.

Tire Recycling Forum

The forum will feature current trends, new technologies and tire recycling industry updates. These and other important topics will be highlighted by renowned experts at the Hall 9, which is dedicated to tire remolding, tire recycling and disposal segment. Moreover, the Forum will be supplemented by an expo of products manufactured from recycled tire rubber. As reported by the organizer – Koelnmesse, the Tire Recycling Forum will be co-sponored by “Retreading Business” and “Tyre & Rubber Recycling” magazines.

Seminars and speeches of the Tire Recycling Forum will be divided into 9 sessions.

Session 1 will take place on Tuesday, May 29. It will be devoted to the European market trends and will include the following talks:

  • Intoductory Speech by Ewan Scott;
  • Italian Perspective by Giovanni Corbetta;
  • UK Perspective by Peter Taylor OBE;
  • ETRMA Perspective by Jean-Pierre Taverne.

Session 2 will focus on the European trends. Among the speakers are:

  • Robert Weibold (The Future of Tire Recycling) – Robert Weibold GmbH;
  • Roberto Perez – Signus;
  • Arihant Simgji – Gemeni.

Session 3 will discuss markets and technologies and close Tuesday’s talks. The speakers are:

  • Mike Hinsey – Franutech;
  • Juri Salvadori – Salvadori;
  • Alan Shaw – Gradeall.

Session 4 will be held on Wednesday, May 30. Among the speakers are:

  • Dario Andriani – ARNEC;
  • David Shaw;
  • Vladislav Vorotnikov.

Session 5 will consider tire recycling technologies. This topic will be discussed by:

  • Thomas Sorenson – Enviro;
  • Chris Norris – ARTIS;
  • Sonia Megert – TRS Switzerland.

Session 6 will highlight the status of crumb rubber described by:

  • Daniele Fornai – Ecopneus;
  • Luis Perez – SIGNUS.

Session 7 will begin on Thursday and highlight possible future challenges. Some of the speakers are:

  • Wilma Dierkes
  • Dario Andreani

Session 8 is to set forth environmental impacts of recycling and will hold a seminar by ZARE.

Session 9’s speakers will scrutinize tire recycling technology. Among them are:

  • Sam Viasiouk – Tyromer tbc
  • Pyrolysis – Martin Van Wolfersdorf
  • Marc Gruffat
  • Gabor Kyostal

Exact timing of the presentations is yet to be confirmed and exact agenda is expected to be available on the website of the Tire Cologne two weeks before the event. Attendance of the seminars held by the Tire Recycling Forum is free of charge for all guests who purchase the Tire Cologne entry ticket.

The Tire Recycling Forum provides rubber 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.

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.

All Tire Cologne exhibitors can apply for the awards. The application deadline is April 30, 2018 – more information as well as application forms can be found on the official website of the Tire Cologne’s Creativity Awards.

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