COLOGNE, Germany—The University of Akron received six lifetime achievement awards at the Tire Technology International 2014 awards ceremony, held at the Koeln Messe.
Awards were presented to Benjamin Chung, Gerald Potts, Joseph Walter, Joe Padavon, Marion Pottinger and Michael Trinko, the Mechanics Short Course presenters at Akron.
According to event host Tony Robinson, founder and owner of UKIP Media & Events, which organizes the Tire Technology Expo, only two winners had been named previously in the history of the lifetime achievement award.
The awards are decided by 23 judges and celebrate "Innovation & Excellence in the Tire Manufacturing Industry."
Other awards and award winners include:
• Tire Manufacturing Innovation of the Year, to Continental's retreading solution 'ContiLifeCycle' in Hanover, Germany;
• Environmental Achievement, to Sumitomo Rubber Industries for its Enasave 100—a 100 percent fossil resource-free tire;
• Tire Technology of the Year, to Bridgestone's 'ologic' technology, which uses "the synergies of a large diameter coupled with a narrow tread design;
• Tire Industry Supply, to VMI Tire;
• Manufacturer of the Year, to Continental; and
• Young Scientist Prize, to Karsten Bruning of the Leibniz-Institute, who received a scholarship worth more than $3,000.