This 12 months’s Tire Know-how Worldwide Awards for Innovation and Excellence had been introduced final night time (March 21, 2023) throughout a night drinks reception at Hannover’s Deutsche Messe, which is internet hosting Tire Know-how Expo 2023. The awards featured an expanded array of classes to acknowledge the scope of innovation and achievement that has been showcased over the past 12 months.
Now comprising 13 classes, the Tire Know-how Worldwide Awards for Innovation and Excellence had been a celebration of latest advances in tire know-how and progress towards a greener and extra sustainable business, and an opportunity to acknowledge the private achievements of some outstanding people.
The awards, that are coordinated by Tire Know-how Worldwide journal, had been officiated by a panel of worldwide journalists and business consultants.
To acknowledge the more and more outstanding function of sustainability in tire manufacturing, the new-look awards featured three classes targeted on environmental improvement. Michelin’s 45% and 58% sustainable materials tire designs picked up the award for Environmental Achievement of the 12 months – Tire Design; Continental’s invisible rubber marker know-how was judged the winner within the Environmental Achievement of the 12 months – Manufacturing class; and Emissions Analytics’ EQUA Tyre database took house the trophy for Environmental Achievement of the 12 months – Business Contribution.
Emissions Analytics founder and CEO Nick Molden was eager to champion the work of his colleagues. “We recognize the award from Tire Know-how Worldwide as a mirrored image of the crew’s devoted work on a subject that was beforehand of marginal coverage curiosity, however which is now thrust into the limelight by the ever-growing weight of SUVs and battery-electric autos.”
Different new classes for 2023 included Chemical compounds and Compounding Innovation of the 12 months, which was gained by Nynas’s Nytex BIO 6200 tire oil; and Supplies Innovation of the 12 months, which noticed the jury acknowledge Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ work on synthesized biopolymers. The excellent news continued for SRI within the class of R&D Breakthrough of the 12 months, which noticed the tire maker awarded for its analysis into enzyme analysis.
Goodyear picked up the award for Tire Manufacturing Innovation of the 12 months, because of its groundbreaking small-batch manufacturing course of, utilized in its manufacturing unit in Luxembourg. The Tire Business Provider of the 12 months award was introduced to HF Group in recognition of its dedication to digital options and its wonderful relationships throughout the business. And there was extra excellent news for Goodyear, because it additionally positioned first within the Tire Idea of the 12 months class for its work on its 90% sustainable materials tire design.
“Goodyear’s revolutionary spirit and drive for excellence helps us develop main services that tackle our prospects’ wants for as we speak and tomorrow,” mentioned Chris Helsel, senior vice chairman of worldwide operations and chief know-how officer for Goodyear. “Our groups are engaged on options and processes which have the potential to make driving safer, extra environment friendly and extra sustainable. We’re excited to be acknowledged for this work and thank Tire Know-how Worldwide for these esteemed awards.”
Hannover-based Continental was additionally again on the podium once more to gather the Tire of the 12 months award for the PremiumContact 7, profitable a hotly contested new class which seems set to see some fierce battles in coming years.
“Our dedication to efficiency, sustainability and security runs proper throughout our group, and it’s implausible that when once more this has been acknowledged,” mentioned Boris Mergell, head of analysis and improvement at Continental Tires, who accepted the awards in Hannover. “Successful awards for each our revolutionary applied sciences and merchandise is an amazing motivation for your complete crew. At Continental we purpose for protected, cost-effective and extra sustainable mobility, whereas enabling autos to carry out at their greatest.”
The distinguished Tire Producer of the 12 months award stays some of the fascinating classes, with the highest tire makers separated by the best of margins. This 12 months, Michelin took house the prize, marking the sixth time that the French producer has claimed high spot.
The Younger Scientist Prize for 2023 was given to Agate Utane, a PhD scholar at Loughborough College. The award’s jury – which is separate to the 12 central classes – chosen Agate and her work, ‘Environment friendly Tire-Highway Friction Testing for Car Dealing with Functions’.
In addition to recognizing the spectacular achievements of producers and suppliers, the awards are a possibility to focus on the achievements of outstanding people inside the business. One such particular person is Jan Prins, winner of the 2023 Lifetime Achievement award. Nominated by a lot of his friends, Prins is a well-liked winner, and has loved a extremely profitable profession at Jaguar Land Rover since graduating from Delft College of Know-how in 1990. A valued member of the tire awards jury in earlier years, Prins not too long ago started heading the judging panel for the Younger Scientist Prize. His dedication to his work, and to the tire business, in addition to his relationships along with his friends and colleagues, make him a worthy recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award this 12 months.
The newly expanded 2023 awards have served as a showcase for the unimaginable innovation evident throughout the business.
“We felt we wanted the power to acknowledge and rejoice extra facets of this ever-expanding business,” mentioned Matt Ross, editor-in-chief of Tire Know-how Worldwide and chairman of the awards. “Overhauling the classes gave us the possibility to higher acknowledge the place the actually thrilling innovation is going down. It enabled us to focus extra on the environmental achievements being developed in a number of areas, and in addition to zero in on some areas of thrilling R&D that didn’t maybe match our earlier class construction. Judging by the caliber of this 12 months’s shortlist, and the robust time the jury had in selecting their winners, we will count on some fascinating competitions within the coming years.”