6th Rubber Modified Asphalt Conference Agenda Announced

Case Studies, New Technologies to Be Among Featured Presentations

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 9, 2013 –The latest developments and technologies for one of the most significant scrap tire markets are part of an exciting and informative agenda for the  6th Rubber Modified Asphalt Conference, which will be held October 15-17, at the Tempe, Arizona Doubletree Hotel. The full agenda and speaker information is available at www.stref.org.

“Rubber modified asphalt use is increasing because it actually lowers project costs,” according to Michael Blumenthal, vice president, Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S. “Newer technologies also are increasing the use of tire rubber as a modifier of asphalt. These unique situations will be feature presentations at the conference, which is designed to assist both the paving and rubber industries.”

The conference co-hosts include: RMA, theRubber Pavements Association, the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society’s Rubber Division and the Scrap Tire Research & Educational Foundation (STREF), the Rubber Asphalt Foundation, Asphalt Institute, National Asphalt Pavement Association and the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT).

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Ontario Tire Stewardship, Liberty Tire Recycling, Columbus-McKinnon Corporation, Granutech-Saturn and the Institute for Recycling Industries (ISRI) are the conference sponsors.

Among the presentations will be case studies by the Arizona Department of Transportation (DOT), Georgia DOT and Washington State DOT.  Additionally, a case study will be presented from a contractor with experience working for Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation.

“Sponsorship by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is a tremendous privilege and demonstrates the national interest in the use of ground tire rubber in asphalt,” Blumenthal said.  “This cooperative program can truly have an impact on advancing the use of rubber modified asphalt,” Blumenthal added.

On Monday October 14th, the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Scrap Tire Work Group will meet in Tempe. The Scrap Tire Work group is comprised of EPA officials, state scrap tire regulators, scrap tire companies and national trade associations. The Work Group discusses salient scrap tire matters and works together to resolve obstacles impeding end use markets for scrap tire-derived materials. The Work Group has assisted EPA to develop supportive position on tire derived fuel (TDF), produced a DVD on tire-derived aggregate and is currently working on a FAQ document for tire-derived aggregate.  There is no fee to attend the Scrap Tire Work Group meeting, which also will be held at the Doubletree Hotel.

For additional information on the conference and to register, visit www.stref.org.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.