RMA to Sponsor Conference on Ground Rubber Recycling

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WASHINGTON, D.C.January 19, 2007 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), Asphalt Rubber Technology Services (ARTS) at Clemson University and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) will sponsor “Scrap to Profit” – Symposium on Recycled Rubber in Plastics and Rubber Products,” April 16–17 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina.

“The use of ground rubber in molded and extruded rubber and plastic products is one of the largest markets for ground rubber,” stated RMA’s Senior Technical Director Michael Blumenthal. “This is the first time anyone is having a conference in the United States specifically focused on this topic.” Blumenthal added.

The “Scrap to Profit” conference will have presentations on four major issues affecting this use of ground rubber. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Ground Rubber as a Raw Material
    • What is it, and how is it made?
    • What are the key quality parameters?
    • What are the costs of these materials versus virgin raw materials?
    • What is the supply situation?
    • How to get started (e.g., materials, technical issues, etc.)
  • Compounding with Ground Rubber
    • How to compound with crumb rubber in rubber and plastic products?
    • What are the main concerns, what are the advantages?
  • Existing Uses of Ground Rubber in Rubber and Plastics
    • What products presently use crumb rubber successfully?
    • What emerging markets are there, and what does the future hold for crumb rubber?
  • How to Sell It?
    • Government programs for developing the use of recycled rubber
    • Preferential purchasing treatment for products with recycled content
    • Special marketing outlets for products with recycled content

“The nature of the ground rubber industry has changed dramatically over the last several years, and we are pleased to be able to offer this service to the industry” Blumenthal said. “We are also equally pleased to be working with the State of South Carolina and Clemson University, both of whom are interested in being the leading-edge of technological change and market development” Blumenthal added.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include more than 100 companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.