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Ewan Scott, Editor, Tyre and Rubber Recycling Magazine

Ewan Scott entered motoring journalism as a freelance contributor to specialist motoring magazines in 1989. In 1996 Ewan moved into the tyre trade sector with an joint Editor's post at Tyre and Rubber Recycling. He has since written for Tyre Trade News, and has been the editor of Retreading Business since 2005, and of Tyre and Rubber Recycling magazine since its inception in 2010.

Ewan Scott brings a wide-based overview to the industry, with an understanding of the needs of the industry and of the environment. Ewan Scott believes that the tyre recycling sector has an important part to play in leading the waste sector towards a sustainable solution to handling difficult waste materials.


Jose-Jorge Diaz-Del-Castillo, European Commission /Directorate-General for Environment /A2 - Waste Management & Recycling

José Jorge Diaz del Castillo was born in La Laguna (Tenerife) where he completed his Law University degree. Later, in 1990, he successfully completed an LL.M (Masters in Law) at the University of Wales College of Cardiff in the UK. In 1992, he continued his studies in European and International Law at the University of Louvain- La- Neuve in Belgium. In 1994, he joined the European Commission, Directorate-General for Transport where he was responsible for the compliance by Member States with the EU legislation on maritime safety. Since 2001, he has been working in the Directorate-General for the Environment where he is presently responsible for the implementation of the Waste Framework Directive and legal issues related to compliance with EU Waste legislation. 

Dr Valerie L Shulman, Secretary General, European Tyre Recycling Association (ETRA)

Dr. Valerie L. Shulman served as Secretary General of ETRA for twenty years. She began to study tyre recycling in the EU in 1989, while with Eurosynergy Network s.a.r.l. She developed the Tyre Recycling Project in 1992 which, after initial EU funding, became the nucleus of ETRA. A contributor to the preparation and presentation of the Basel Convention Guidelines on used tyres, she participated in the EU Recycling Forum as the representative for Tyre Recycling. In 2006 she presented at the Waste Policy hearings in Parliament and spoke again in 2008 on the needs of recyclers in a recycling society. She represents European tyre recycling at EU and international conferences. She has published more than 100 articles in EU and international journals, and written or edited more than 10 books on the subject.

Jacob Peled, Executive Chairman, Pelmar Engineering

Mr. Jacob Peled has served as an officer in the Israel Army reserve service until 1995. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, with a degree in Polymer Science and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University. He has also attended post graduate courses at the University of Akron and Manchester.
He is engaged as a featured speaker in many polymer related events. Mr. Jacob Peled established his company in 1966 and served as its Managing Director until 1st January, 2010 when he became its Executive Chairman.
Mr. Peled is married with 3 children. His youngest son Hagai, is continuing the business as its Managing Director since 1st January, 2010 with the aim of increasing Pelmar’s exposure to the tire and rubber industry worldwide.
Pelmar is considered today the largest supplier of pre-owned, reconditioned and new machinery to this
industry. It is also involved in the supply and compounding of rubber raw materials and is increasing substantially its technical and engineering support activities worldwide.


Luc Goubert, Persuade Project, Belgian Road Research Centre

Luc Goubert (°1966) has a Ph.D. degree in atomic and molecular physics at Ghent State University (Belgium) and followed a postgraduate course in acoustics. In 2001, he became a research scientist at the Belgian Road Research Centre, where he is in charge of the Surface characteristics-Noise-Markings laboratory.

He is an active member of ISO and CEN workgroups on noise and surface characteristics and of the CEN working group on road markings. He is conducting research into low-noise road surfacings, the influence of texture on skidding resistance, rolling resistance and noise. He has been active in several international projects, like SI.R.U.US, SILENCE and MIRIAM and two trans-national ERANET projects.

He is currently, as senior research scientist, leading the FP7 project “PERSUADE” aiming to develop a durable ultra silent poro-elastic road surface. He is also dissemination and IPR manager in the FP7 project “LORRY”, aiming to develop low rolling resistance truck tyres.

Chris Norris, Development Scientist, ARTIS

Chris Norris: A materials scientist of 18 years’ experience, specialising in the particulate and fibre reinforcement of polymeric systems. Chris holds a degree in Applied Chemical Sciences from the University of the West of England, a masters in Materials for Industry from Loughborough University and recently completed a PhD entitled ‘Self-Healing Composites via a Bioinspired Vasculature’ at the University of Bristol. Chris is currently employed as a Development Scientist at ARTIS, having a focus on chemical analysis of rubber materials.

Florian Fischer, Director Business Development, VMI Holland BV

Florian is Director of Business Development of the VMI-Group, an inventor of more than 30 patents Florian has an expertise in machine- and process-development with 20 years’ experience in the rubber and tire industry.

Prior to his current position he was President & CEO of VMI-AZ Extrusion GmbH, following his post of Head of the Machine Division of A-Z Formen- und Maschinenbau GmbH. At Zängl-GmbH in Munich/Germany he held the position of Technical Director; and prior to this he was a Design engineer for helicopter components at MBB (today Eurocopter). He holds a Dipl.-Ing. (FH) 1989 in Mechanical Engineering.



Dr Stergios Adamopoulos, Associate Professor, Department Head, Technological Educational Institute of Larissa, Department of Forestry and Management of Natural Environment, Laboratory of Forest Utilization & Wood Technology

Dr. Stergios Adamopoulos is Associate Professor at the Department of Forestry and Management of Natural Environment of the Technological Educational Institute of Larissa, Karditsa, Greece (2006 onwards). Dr. Adamopoulos was a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral studying the fibre composition of recycled paper and paper products at AIDIMA, Valencia, Spain (2003-2004).

He is responsible for a number of industrial applied EU and national research projects, e.g. FP6 Collective Research MODELPACK (2006-2009), FP7 SME project TORCHWOOD (2009-2010), LIFE+ project WOODRUB (2010 - ), FP7-SME-2012-2-315633-FIBRE+ (2012 - ). He participates in the European COST Actions FP0904 - Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical Wood Behaviour and Processing (2010-), and FP1003 - Impact of Renewable Materials in Packaging for Sustainability - Development of Renewable Fibre and Bio-Based Materials for New Packaging Applications (2011-).

His academic experience relates to lecturing of wood and fibre related subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Greek and German Universities since 2004. He has more than 50 publications in scientific journals and conferences. His scientific interests include quality and technology of fibre-based raw materials and products, and recycling. 


Lars Raahauge, Director of Business Development, Genan Business & Development A/S

M. Sc. Chem. Eng from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in 1979. Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. He has worked for Shell International in Copenhagen and The Hague with business development investments in the automotive sector 1979-1989 and since then in the tyre industry where he, since 2002 has been Director of Business Development in Genan. Lars Raahauge is responsible for the environmental development work of Genan. He is also responsible for network development outside EU and the USA.



Dr Gisele Jung, Université Libre de Bruxelles - Centre Emile Bernheim, Faculte des Sciences Appliquees

C.Gisèle JUNG, PhD in Chemistry, is Senior Research Fellow in the research center “Centre Emile Bernheim” of the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and in the Faculty of Applied Sciences, “4MAT” at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Her relevant research interests are related to general problems concerning material and energy valorisation of (carbon containing) solid waste. She has been involved in several research projects and author and co-author of more than 80 papers, reports and presentations in the field of scientific development for the valorisation of carbon products issued of thermal processes for solid waste, more especially for biomass and used tyres with respect to economic, social and environmental aspects.

She is presently an academic responsible for a programme in continuing education at ULB for the valorisation of biomass (VALEBIO). She also is deeply involved in research and teaching programmes for the cooperation for countries in development (CUD) presently, in Burundi.

She is Vice President of ETRA for Belgium and co-chair of Pyrolysis Forums at each of their international annual Conference to promote mareial and energy valorisation of used tyres by thermal treatments.

Michael Blumenthal, Vice President, Rubber Manufacturers Association

Michael Blumenthal was appointed Executive Director of the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s Scrap Tire Management Council in October 1990. In 2007 Michael was promoted to Vice President of the Rubber Manufacturers Association. Michael has led the tire manufacturer’s efforts to expand the viable markets for scrap tires. These efforts include researching and writing market studies, compendiums on air emission issues, ASTM standards for ground rubber, engineering guidelines for civil engineering applications, loose fill playground and mulch and the standard guidelines for tire derived fuel. Michael also led the effort that revised National Fire Protection Agency guidelines for outdoor storage of scrap tires. Michael has been actively involved in US/Mexico border programs since 1995.

Michael has authored over 75 articles and peer-reviewed papers and is widely quoted in the tire and recycling industry publications. Michael has also served on 10 state scrap tire advisory committees.

Michael earned a Master of Business Administration from the City University of New York, a Master of Science from Michigan State and his Bachelor of Science from Purdue.  

Thomas H. Redd, President, Reklaim, Inc., Seattle

Tom is a licensed Washington State engineer, has an MBA from the University of Washington, an MS in Environmental Engineering from Utah State University, and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia. He is the President of Reklaim, Inc. a US based crumb rubber pyrolysis company founded in 2003. Reklaim is using its patent pending process to create high value end products derived from recycled tire rubber. Reklaim constructed its first commercial scale facility in Boardman, Oregon and is currently selling 100% recycled carbon black to rubber and plastics manufactures across North America.

Grégoire Jovicic, Président, PNEUTECH SAS

Gregoire Jovicic is UTC engineer and CESMA MBA graduated in France.  He has served mainly in Spie Capag Group in Singapore as General Manager, then international Development Manager of FIVE CAIL BABCOCK, an ore processing contractor, Procurement Director of FREYSSINET, a bridge contract and as International Sales Manager of SOTRAFRANCE INGENIERIE, a power plant contractor. He is now Chairman of PNEUTECH SAS set up to build a tyre burning plant in France, Hungary, China and Brazil.

Giorgio Macor, Founder & CTO, Bagigi srl

Giorgio has a MS in Industrial Chemistry from Bologna University. Giorgio worked for 10 years at Ciba Specialty Chemicals, VP for new business development. He is the founder and CTO of Bagigi, an Italian based tyre recycling technology company, founded in 2007. Bagigi developed a new devulcanization technology in use by top tyre manufacturer as well as a new crumb rubber chemical modification technology for asphalt modification.

Jean-Pierre Taverne, EU Technical Coordinator- End of Life Tyres, ETRMA - European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association

Jean-Pierre holds a degree in business administration from ICHEC (Brussels) with a specialisation in environmental issues. After 16 years in the tinplate (steel for packaging) industry as Technical & Environmental Affairs Manager at APEAL, the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging, he joined ETRMA in September 2010 to coordinate and support ETRMA’s ELT company network technical activities at EU level.

Jean-Pierre has a wealth of experience in public and environmental affairs and dealt with a wide range of issues including amongst others environmental communication, LCAs, standardisation, food contact & REACH related issues.     

Andy Rushton, Managing Director, J. Allcocks & Sons Ltd

I have been at J. Allcock and Sons Ltd full time since 1983. My father bought the business in 1972 and it has been in the family ever since. Previously he had worked for Anchor Chemical from 1950 so he was involved with the rubber industry. After graduating from University of Salford with a degree in Chemistry and Business Studies I wanted to work in the Chemical Industry but not for the family business at least not straight away. My father had a problem with his Sales Rep and asked me to fill in on a temporary basis. I agreed to work for 12 months on the understanding that if I had not paid my way with new business I would leave. As it happens I achieved the feat in 3 months and found I actually liked the job.

In 1986 I was appointed Commercial Director and in 1996 was appointed Managing Director. In 1999 we purchased Wellington Rubber Company and I became their MD as well. I have been involved with the rubber industry all my life. The Company has traded in Rubber Crumb since 1930, traded in Reclaimed Rubber since 1951. Manufactured its own crumb since 1984. Also was the Distributor for De-Link and most recently has been a member of the consortium of DeVulCo2 and Remould investigating Devulcanisation techniques.

Jacques Vervaet, Partner, BTRC bvba

Ir. Jacques Vervaet is both a mechanical and civil engineer with an MBA. He was Marketing Director for a European structural steel fabricator for more than 20 years.

For the past 7 years he has been a consultant for strategic market participation for large civil constructions. With Ir. Luc De Somere and Ir. Bart de Bleser, they set up a new company to work out their findings on UHP water jetting applications for big tyres, heavy reinforced conveyors, tracks, fenders etc.

He is a Vice President of ETRA representing Belgium, the EOL Off-The-Road tyre markets, and innovative recycling technoloigies.


Martin Rots Sales manager CM-Shredders Europe, Columbus McKinnon

Born and living in The Netherlands,  he finished the HTS, and has been working for more than 25 years in the recycling industry.   Since 2000 he has been in the Tire Recycling Industry with the last seven years for CM in Europe and Middle East.

Chris Twig, Director, Black Bear Carbon

Holds several qualifications in rubber and plastics technology and has worked in capacities of technical, production and general management in the South African rubber industry for twenty five years

- Co-founder of the South African rubber roller recovering company "Rubber Engineering"
- From 2005 to 2010: Technical manager within the DSM Elastomers Group in the Netherlands
- Since 2010: Director and shareholder of the Dutch company Black Bear Carbon


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