AKRON—Maurizio Boiocchi, Pirelli Tyre S.p.A scientist known for his work in developing the first tire containing nylon zero degree overlay, has won the first ITEC Distinguished Technology Achievement Medal.
The new award, which will be presented at the International Tire Exhibition and Conference, will honor Boiocchi for his work that resulted in the introduction of the P3 tire in 1973.
The award was created to recognize a recipient whose contribution of pioneering research in tire construction, tread design and manufacturing, coupled with engineering and materials innovations, have significantly contributed to the betterment of society, safety of transportation and global tire technology, according to Harold Herzlich, chairman of the ITEC conference.
The selection was based upon an in-depth review of the literature, patents and the fact that tire manufacturers worldwide have adapted these technologies for their own products, he said.
Boiocchi will be honored for being the force of creativity, innovation and for the pursuit of excellence in design, performance and safety, according to Herzlich.
Boiocchi, senior vice president and global director, research and development, at Pirelli Tyre, will receive the award Sept. 17, during the Sept. 16-18 conference and exhibition at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. Syed K. Mowdood, consultant and former Pirelli Tyre and Armstrong Rubber Co. executive who nominated Boiocchi for the honor, will present the medal.
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