RMA Co-Hosts Fourth Conference on HIgher- Value Added Ground Rubber Products

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Dan Zielinski
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dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C.April 5, 2010 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and the Arkansas Association of Solid Waste Districts, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the Asphalt Rubber Technology Service (ARTS) of Clemson University will host the fourth “From Scrap-to-Profit” conference, the nation’s only event dedicated to the use of ground rubber in the highest value-added markets.

The conference will be held on November 3-4, 2010 at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Scrap-to-Profit conference will be preceded by the EPA’s Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC), Scrap Tire Workgroup meeting on November 2. The EPA’s RCC Scrap Tire Workgroup is a collaborative effort consisting of Federal and state officials along with members of the rubber industry. The goal of the RCC Working Group is to provide a venue where all interested parties can meet, exchange information and develop projects that will assist the recycled rubber industry.

The 4th From Scrap-to-Profit conference will have discussions on all the major, higher value added markets such as molded/extruded products, infill, playground cover and mulch.

General topics will include the human & environmental health concerns of ground rubber, market development for specific products and state approaches to market development, achieving consistent quality of ground rubber, the new ASTM specifications for infill and playground material, a survey of ground rubber markets and ground rubber supplies, as well as selected case studies on developing new markets.

“The From Scrap to Profit conference has continued to evolve into a venue where all the major topics impacting the ground rubber products market can be discussed,” said RMA Vice President Michael Blumenthal, who also is the conference co-organizer. “We continue to meet our goal to provide a substantive agenda that reflects the needs and interests of the recycled tire rubber industry,” Blumenthal added.

Information on the conference can be obtained at www.rma.org orwww.scraptoprofit.com.

“The recycled rubber industry is facing many challenges today, but we also believe there are many opportunities in the marketplace for recycled content rubber products,” Blumenthal said. “This conference provides stakeholders with valuable information and opportunities to share experiences to further assist the scrap tire market to become more profitable and stable.”

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products.

RMA to Sponsor 3rd Conference on Ground Rubber Recycling

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.C.February 9, 2009 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), Clemson University Asphalt Rubber Technology Service, the Rubber Association of Canada and Empire State Development will sponsor “Scrap to Profit 3” — Using Ground Rubber in Rubber and Plastic Products on June, 3-4, at the Hyatt in Buffalo, New York. The conference theme is “Learn, Network, Share and Promote.”

“We are very pleased to continue the effort of advancing higher-valued added markets and building upon the success of the last two conferences,” said Michael Blumenthal, RMA vice president. “At this conference we are expanding the products to be discussed, and will have in-depth panels and discussions on playgrounds, infill and mulch, three of the faster growing markets in our industry. These markets have come under considerable pressure in the marketplace and this event will provide a suitable venue where the industry can discuss these matters,” Blumenthal added.

The “Scrap to Profit 3” conference will have presentations on each of four major ground rubber markets plus an update on the Ontario scrap tire program. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Addressing the Health Impact Concerns
  • Marketing to Mass Merchandisers
  • Quality Assurance for Mulch
  • Market Issues for Playground Cover
  • ASTM Standards for Playground Cover
  • Quality Issues for Loose fill Playground
  • Market Issues for Infill Material
  • Standards for Infill Material
  • Tire Supply Issues
  • Compounding Recycled Rubber
  • Equipment for Molding and Extruding Rubber
  • 3 Case Studies
  • Update on the Ontario Tire Stewardship plan

A website has been created to obtain more information and to register:www.scraptoprofit.com

The STP3 will be held in conjunction with the first annual New York State Tire Derived Aggregate Workshop sponsored by Empire State Development and the Center for Integrated Waste Management – University at Buffalo. The NYS TDA Workshop will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, also at the Hyatt. Program and registration information for the NYS TDA Workshop can be obtained at:www.tdanys.buffalo.edu.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org.

New Report Confirms Ground Rubber as Environmentally Sound

No Adverse Human, Ecological Health Effects

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.C.August 19, 2008 - Athletic fields and playgrounds constructed with ground rubber made from scrap tires pose no adverse human or ecological health effects, according to a comprehensive report commissioned by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), a tire industry trade group.

The report evaluated the health and ecological risks associated with the use of recycled tire rubber in consumer applications, particularly playgrounds and athletic fields. A thorough review of available literature was conducted including studies from both advocates and opponents to the use of recycled tire materials. An examination of the weight of evidence across all of the available studies was conducted to enable a comprehensive assessment of potential risk.

“We believe this report will add to the growing body of evidence showing that the use of scrap tire rubber in these applications is not only safe, but has several major safety benefits,” said Michael Blumenthal, RMA vice president. “This report has reviewed the worldwide wealth of knowledge on this topic and we are hopeful that it will contribute to correcting any misperceptions about tire rubber in the environment.”

The use of recycled tire rubber is widely used as an infill material for synthetic sports fields and as a floor cover for playgrounds. Both applications take advantage of the exceptional cushioning characteristics of tire rubber and provide increased safety relative to other materials.

Athletic fields and playground cover are two of the fastest growing and largest end uses for recycled ground tire rubber. Approximately 13 million scrap tires are used in these applications annually.

The report, Review of the Human Health & Ecological Safety of Exposure to Recycled Tire Rubber found at Playgrounds and Synthetic Turf Fields, is available for download at www.rma.org.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include 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.

Date Change! RMA Sponsored Conference on Ground Rubber Recycling to be Held May 6-7

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.C.February 13, 2008 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), Asphalt Rubber Technology Service at Clemson University and the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) will sponsor the “2nd Annual Scrap to Profit — Using Ground Rubber in Rubber and Plastic Products,” May 6 – 7 at the Solamar Hotel in San Diego, California.

The Scrap to Profit program dates have changed slightly to include an additional workshop for the program and to better accommodate International Tire Conference attendees from Mexico who are interested in attending a forum on Sustainable Scrap Tire Market Management Plans. The Scrap to Profit program is a key component of International Tire Conference, which begins a day earlier.

“This year’s conference will continue the effort we started last year by presenting information on the various manners the industry can use ground rubber in molded and extruded rubber and plastic products,” said RMA Vice President Michael Blumenthal. “More information is available today than last year and new issues are facing the industry. We are pleased to be able to provide a venue for the dissemination of this information.” Blumenthal added.

The added half-day workshop will provide training regarding key selling points and best approaches for the green building market and selling to government sectors – federal, state and local. Due to the interactive nature of the workshop, seating is limited. Registration for this half-day workshop is $50.

Other programs occurring at the International Tire Conference (May 5-9) in addition to the Scrap to Profit program include: review of the Tire Initiative and effective strategies for managing scrap tires and encouraging markets along the United States – Mexico border region, scrap tire processing and financing, civil engineering uses of scrap tires, continuous improvement for processors and manufacturers, quality assurance, quality control for playgrounds and much more.

Registration for the Scrap-to-Profit conference is available atwww.scraptoprofit.com. Registration for all other segments of the International Tire Conference is available at www.cce.csus.edu/conferences/current.htmbeginning February 19, 2008.

For room reservations, individuals must contact the Hotel Solamar directly at (877) 230-0300 by April 3, 2008. To secure the conference discount rate of $150 per night, individuals must mention that they will attend the International Tire Conference.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include 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.

RMA to Sponsor Conference on Ground Rubber Recycling

From Scrap to Profit Registration

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

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.