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

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
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 2006 Annual Meeting to Feature CNN Analyst Stu Rothenberg, Inc. Magazine’s Steve Little

Counterfeiting, Trade and Global Supply Issues on Agenda

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.January 20, 2006 - Elastomer and tire industry leaders are set to discuss business and politics, and the economic outlook for the U.S. rubber industry at the 2006 Rubber Manufacturers Association/General Products Group annual meetings on February 25-27, at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Invited speakers will address business and political topics, which are impacting near-and long-term forecasts for business success. Important among these issues are electoral outcomes in the 2006 fall elections, overseas competition and trade law, product counterfeiting, and forecasts on the supplies and costs of energy and raw materials critical to the rubber and tire business.

To address these issues and more, Steven Little from INC. Magazine will keynote the February 26 session with a talk on strategies for business growth in an environment of fast-paced change, both in customer needs and expectations, as well as competitor’s capabilities. Attendees also will hear from noted political commentator Stuart Rothenberg on expectations for the upcoming mid-term congressional elections.

Additionally, the meeting will include the 2006 Safety and Health Improvement Program award ceremony to recognize top-performing RMA-member production facilities.

At the February 27 annual meeting of RMA’s General Products Group, Thomas Moga, Butzel Long PC, will speak on corporate and government strategies for mitigating the ever-growing influx of counterfeit products from overseas. The agenda also will feature a business forecast from a noted rubber-industry economist.

The agenda for February 25 will feature several technical breakout sessions for GPG members.

Meeting registration information is available at www.rma.org, or by calling Theresa Johnson at 202-682-4827, or Kevin Ott at 202-682-4818.

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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.