LONDON—Automation and digitalization are transforming the tire industry, and European Rubber Journal is looking to recognize the biggest and brightest technological trends with its inaugural Journey to Automation Awards.
"With J2A, our goal is to highlight the great work going on around the digitalization of tire manufacture, design and supply," said Patrick Raleigh, editor of European Rubber Journal, a sister publication of Rubber & Plastics News. "As well as recognizing the companies leading this transformation, we also aim to raise understanding of the pivotal role of IT-based technologies across all activities in an increasingly, interconnected tire world."
J2A Award nominations may be submitted individually or jointly as partners in a project for the following categories:
- Tire manufacturers, distributors, retailers;
- Automation vendors and suppliers of IT services to the tire industry;
- Suppliers of equipment and/or materials to the tire industry;
- Suppliers of systems used in handling and distribution of finished tires; and
- Service/support organizations involved in any of the above activities.
Nominations, which should be made online at tire-conferences.com, are due March 11.
The inaugural awards will be presented June 11 during ERJ's Future Tire Conference, which is held in conjunction with The Tire Cologne international trade fair. The trade fair, organized by Koelnmesse, will be June 9-12 at Messe Cologne in Cologne, Germany.
"Crain is proud to partner with The Tire Cologne exhibition," said Brennan Lafferty, vice president and group publisher of the Crain Global Polymer Group, of which ERJ and RPN are part. "This show is the perfect backdrop for the J2A Awards, which will shine a light on the innovation happening today in the global tire industry."
In addition to the awards, the Future Tire Conference will include a series of presentations, a forum for short-listed projects and a panel discussion on the future of tire manufacturing and supply chain sectors.
To learn more about the Future Tire Conference, visit tire-conferences.com.
For more information about the J2A Awards, contact Patrick Raleigh at [email protected] or +44 (0)7749 137182.