5th “Scrap-to-Profit’ Conference Announced

Event Focused on Opportunities in Ground Rubber Markets

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.May 22, 2012 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the Scrap Tire Research and Educational Foundation (STREF) and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) will sponsor the 5th “Scrap-to-Profit” conference, October 9, 10 and 11, 2012 at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery, Alabama. .

“We are very pleased to be able to continue the effort of advancing the higher-valued added markets for ground rubber,” said Michael Blumenthal, RMA vice president. “This year we have an expanded program that will allow us greater discussion on the issues that most affect the ground rubber markets. This is a critical time for the scrap tire industry, which faces new challenges that need to be addressed and overcome. The conference goal is to offer a venue where the industry can gather and share the most current information to enable the industry to expand the markets for ground rubber products.”

The 5th “Scrap to Profit” conference will be two and one half days: two full days of presentations and discussions on ground rubber, expanding markets and the global issues impacting the ground rubber market and a half day focused on the newest developments on rubber modified asphalt. Topics to be discussed include:

• Regional Focus on the South and Southern United States
• National Focus; looking at the national market and current challenges
• Projections of raw materials for the tire industry and impacts on scrap tires
• How to introduce/sell product in marketplace
• Compounding with ground rubber to produce new products
• Innovation and your products
• Green Build as a new market
• How to Become a “Green” Company – Focus on Sustainability
• Reports on existing and emerging markets, mulch, fill, playground/sports
• Ground rubber quality
• Addressing health concerns over material use
• Recycling of non-tire rubber
• Rubber modified asphalt

The expanded agenda will not only focus on current and potential markets for ground rubber but will provide information that will allow the industry to take advantage of the changing focus to ‘green’ companies and technologies, which offer new opportunities.

While the agenda has been expanded the registration fee will remain the same as last year. A website has been created to obtain more information and to registrar: www.scraptoprofit.org.

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

The Scrap Tire Research and Education Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit research foundation established to support basic and applied research and appropriate educational activities on issues relating to the sound handling and utilization of waste or scrap tires. The foundation was organized in late 1992 and operates in cooperation with the Rubber Manufacturers Association.

RMA Cohosts the 3rd Conference on Rubber Modified Asphalt

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.May 14, 2007 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), along with the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society and the Rubber Pavements Association recently held the 3rd conference on rubber modified asphalt. This event was held at the Radisson Hotel in Akron, Ohio on May 3 & 4, 2007.

“The focus of this conference is to attract and engage the asphalt and asphalt modifier producers” stated Michael Blumenthal, Senior technical Director of the RMA. “It is our contention that unless the asphalt industry fully understands the benefits of using modified asphalt, they will remain hesitant in adapting to this technology. This conference allows this important audience to hear about the changes in the industry, about state and federal programs that impact their industry, and provides an excellent networking opportunity found at no other conference” Blumenthal added.

The 3rd Rubber Modified Asphalt conference featured insightful presentations on the market conditions of asphalt production, production of ground rubber, quiet pavements, the recycling of rubber modified asphalt and the environmental considerations of leachate from asphalt and rubber.

“We are greatly pleased to be part of this innovative and informative venue” Blumenthal said. “The dynamics of having three major trade associations, each with their respected expertise working together to a common goal is clearly a unique and effective manner to expand the markets and understanding for rubber modified asphalt”

The Rubber Modified Asphalt conference is offered on a biannual basis. The next conference is scheduled for 2009 in Akron, Ohio and will be part of the Rubber Division’s 100th anniversary celebration.

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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.