Rubber Modified Asphalt Conference Announced


Goal to Educate Policymakers, Stakeholders on New Applications, Research Advances

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 18, 2013 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), Rubber Pavement Association and the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society today announced the 6th Conference on the Use of Rubber Modified Asphalt.

Conference co-hosts are: the Asphalt Institute, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), and the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) and the Federal Highway Administration. The conference is scheduled for October 15-17, 2013 at the Fiesta Resort in Tempe, Arizona.

“There is renewed interest in rubber modified asphalt by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) state departments of transportation and the industry,” said Michael Blumenthal, RMA vice president. “Additionally there have been several significant changes, both in new applications and advances in research that will lead to new opportunities to use rubber modified asphalts.”

Topics to be discussed will be non-commercial, definitive and will include an analysis of performance grading, use as a thermal blanket, specifications, and case studies from departments of transportation.

“FHWA will be working with the conference organizers to bring officials from selected states to attend the conference,” Blumenthal stated. “It is this type of cooperative program that can truly have an impact on advancing the use of rubber modified asphalts. Another goal will be to have states represented at the conference by both their respective department of transportation and the person responsible for scrap tire management or market development,” Blumenthal added.

Additionally there will be a meeting of the Resource Conservation Challenge Scrap Tire Work Group on Monday, October 14th, which will further add to the unique nature of this venue.

For additional information on the conference and to register, go to

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