Asian Retread Conference (ARC 2016), the first one in Asia organized by Asian Business Media (ABM) and Epic Fresh, Malaysia, in association with TRIB, USA, will be held at Sime Darby Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur from October 4-5, 2016. The mega conference will be addressed by a global line-up of experts in the tread rubber and retreading industry. The Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) will be a Corporate Sponsor of ARC 2016 along with Tyre Retreading Machinery (TRM), a division of Marangoni Meccanica, and Marangoni, which are the other Corporate Sponsors.

Enlightening sessions

Datuk Dr.Akbar Said who inaugurates ARC 2016

Datuk Dr.Akbar Said who inaugurates ARC 2016

Datuk Dr. Akbar Said, Director General of MRB, will be delivering the Presidential & Inaugural Address at the Inaugural Session of the conference on October 4. The conference, themed Go Green: Retread, Rebuild, Recap, has different sessions spread over two days. Each session is sub-themed on a specific area under the main theme.
ARC 2016 will present a global line-up of speakers. Experts from the core segments of tyre retreading and recycling will make presentations at the conference.
Among the speakers are Edoardo Salaorni (Marangoni Meccanica), Michele Sanseviero (TRM, Marangoni Meccanica), David Stevens (Managing Director, TRIB, USA), Sudarsan Varadaraj (Elgi), Patrick O’ Connell (Bandvulc, UK), Sascha Kriz (Schill + Seilacher “Struktol” GmbH), David Wilson (Retreading Business, UK), Dirk Reurslag (VMI, Holland), Tai Qisheng (GHB, Goodway Rubber, Malaysia), Gopi Shekar (SRI, Malaysia), and Dr Zairossani Mohd Nor (Deputy Director General, Research & Innovation, MRB).
The first session will be on “Industry Overview.” David Stephens will be talking on An overview of the global retread industry and current challenges, a paper that will provide the big picture of the industry and its current status. This paper will set the trend for other speakers in different sessions.
Tai Qisheng of GIIB Retreads will speak on Future in a price war – Environment or Profit, Or Both?”
The second day sessions on October 5 will begin with the presentation of Dr Zairossani Mohd Nor, who will talk on Applications of Ekoprena for green tyre manufacturing. The second day will also have a panel discussion on retreads and cheap imports. The other sessions will be on Machines and Equipment; Materials; Methods & Technology; Green, and Customers & Enforcement.
Some of the subjects to be presented will be on road safety, aviation tyre management, how the retreading industry can face up to the challenge of budget new tyres, increasing the life of envelopes, tyre retreading machinery, tyre retreading process: from craftsmanship to industrial process, the extrusion-smearing method for applying retread cushion gum compared with alternative methods, and the positive commercial impact of shearography on retreading, applications of Ekoprena for green tyre manufacturing, green processing for green retreading, the benefits of bead to bead retreading in a changing market, and the challenges of cheap tyres vis-à-vis retread and new tyre: the Indian experience.

Unique event

ARC 2016) is unique not only for being the first of its kind in the world, but also for the way the two-day event has been charted so as to cover all the areas crucial to the global tyre retreading industry. ARC 2016 will bring together a line-up of well-known industry experts who have picked up some of the most relevant subjects for their presentations.

Dato Mohamed Ishak bin Abdul Hamid, ARC 2016 Chairman

Dato Mohamed Ishak bin Abdul Hamid, ARC 2016 Chairman

According to Dato Mohamed Ishak bin Abdul Hamid, ARC Chairman, the event will provide a comprehensive package of take-aways to all participants. “Great care has been taken to make ARC most comprehensive. From selecting the theme to programming the sessions and networking times, we have left no area uncovered. One must realize that we don’t have any past models to follow to plan a conference of this kind on tyre retreading. This is the first-ever, and we are actually putting a model in place,” he says.
“Tyre retreading is all about sustainability – environmental and economic. There is a global awakening to the need for retreading and recycling to save this planet and also run it as a good business. This emphasis on its value made us to pick the ‘Green’ theme. The papers by the global experts also focus on various aspects of this theme,” Dato Mohamed adds.
The conference will create a platform to highlight the benefits of new and retreaded tyres, importance of maintaining the right tyre pressure etc so that there is a better connect with fleet owners and the tyre industry. Being a pioneer in new tyres as well as retreaded tyres, ARC offers an excellent opportunity for networking.
Some of the key take-aways of this conference will be: the latest technology available for the retread companies and economic benefits of choosing retread tyres for fleet owners.

Global participation

The companies sponsoring and supporting ARC include Marangoni and TRM (Corporate Sponsors), SRI, GIIB and Eversafe Rubber (Co-Sponsors), Eastern Treads (First Day Lunch), CIMA Impianti (Second Day Lunch), Bremels (Tea & Coffee Sponsor), Struktol (Lanyard Sponsor), and Elgi and Vipal (Supporters).
Global agencies and associations like ATMA, Malcorp, International Rubber Study Group, Rubber Research Institute of Sri Lanka, SRP, RSDC, ETRMA, TRMAM, Assocomaplast, MRPMA, IRC are associating with the conference.
Major news magazines like Retreading Business, Asian Trucker, Asian Buses, RJA, RFP, Truck & Bus, The Rubber International, Tyre Business and GRTE Digest are media partners. ABM’s own publications Tyre Asia, Rubber Asia and Auto Parts Asia are part of the ARC media team.
The organizers have paid special attention to provide delegates with quality time to relax, engage in networking and interacting with business leaders, suppliers etc from across the world. The cocktail-dinner is programmed with some select cultural events.
The special exhibition booths right outside the main conference hall have been booked by companies to showcase their products and woo customers.
For more information, please contact: Antony Powath, Vice President Marketing, Asian Business Media LLP, Mobile: + 91 9833 901586, Email: [email protected] Website: www.asian-retreadconference.com.