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The shortlisted nominations for this year’s Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence have been revealed! The winning entries are decided by a panel of 30 experts from the tire industry and academia, with the winners announced during Tire Technology Expo at a Gala Dinner at Hannover Congress Centrum in Germany, on the evening of March 6.

Key themes of this year’s entrants are materials innovation – addressing the often-conflicting challenges of better tire performance and reduced environmental footprint – as well as cutting-edge virtual development tools, which are enabling tire design and testing processes to become increasingly digitized.

Here are some highlights from the shortlist the judging panel will be voting on:

Tire Technology of the Year

PRL – Instrumented Chip&Cut analyzer
FineLine Technologies – Pre-Cure RFID Bead Label
Comerio Ercole – Variable Bias Cutting Unit
Eastman Chemical – Crystex Cure Pro
Goodyear – DuraShield
Fraunhofer ITWM – CDTire
Kordsa/Continental – RF-free adhesive system
Nokian – Tractor King
SRI – Sensing Core
Michelin – Acorus
Pirelli – Cyber Car
PPG Silica/Bridgestone – Surface-modified silica
Toyo Tires – Aero simulation technology
Trinseo – Functionalized S-SBR

Tire Manufacturer of the Year

SRI
Michelin
Bridgestone
Continental
Hankook

Tire Industry Supplier of the Year

Test World (Millbrook)
Uzer Makina
Rodolfo Comerio
GCAPS
Black Donuts
Smithers Rapra

Environmental Achievement of the Year

Lehigh Technologies/Michelin
RubberJet Valley – High-pressure water jet technology
Bridgestone – high-strength rubber
Yokohama – Isoprene from biomass technology
Michelin – RF-free dipping

In addition, the 2019 Young Scientist Prize and Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented on the night. These two prizes are subject to separate judging processes.

The awards are coordinated by Tire Technology International magazine, which is published by UKi Media & Events, the organizer of Tire Technology Expo. For full details of 2018’s winners, click here.

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Adam divides his time as an editor between the worlds of aviation and motoring. These worlds may seem a little diverse today, but autonomous technology and future urban mobility is bringing them ever-closer. Adam is also chairman of the Vehicle Dynamics International Awards.

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