Sustainable tyre manufacturing Explored at ATRC.
The fourth annual Asian Tyre and Rubber Conference (ATRC), held June 16-17 in Chennai, India, attracted more than 200 delegates to activities focused on the theme “Breakthrough Technology for Sustainable Future.”
Satish Sharma, chairman of India’s Automotive Tyre Manufacturers Association (ATMA), and president of APMEA for Apollo Tyres, inaugurated the two-day conference held at the Hyatt Regency and delivered the keynote address. In his speech, Sharma emphasized the need for light weight tyres that reduce fuel consumption and generate cost savings.
Increasing investments in R&D, automation and growing focus on tubeless tyres for commercial vehicles are positive signs of sustainable growth in India’s tyre industry, he said. Erich Nesselhauf, managing director and CEO of Daimler India Commercial Vehicles, stressed in his presentation how tyre makers need to adopt technological changes to support the automobile sector’s advancing industry and focus on sustainability.
In another address by Harm Voortman, CEO of Dutch tyre equipment manufacturer VMI, the importance of sustainable business practices were stressed as a key to the changing the tyre industry. The overall event hosted 21 speakers from across the globe with six technical sessions that covered: Adaptation of Smart Technology for Automation, Smart Processing Innovations, Facilitating Consistency, Accuracy and Quality, Contributions to Sustainability, Tyre Manufacturing and Evaluation, and Smart Testing and Energy Saving. The two-day tyre and rubber conference is held every two years and is organized by Asian Business Media (ABM), publisher of Tyre Asia.