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

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

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.