TTI Awards 2023: Shortlist revealed

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With just over a month to go until Tire Technology Expo 2023 gets underway in Hannover, Germany, the shortlisted nominations for this year’s Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence have been revealed. The 2023 awards feature a brand-new line-up of categories, with a strong focus on environmentally conscious technologies and initiatives, as well as new advances in R&D, materials and compounding.

The awards are decided by the votes of a panel of experts from the tire industry and academia. The winners will be announced during the expo during a drinks reception on March 21.

The shortlist in full:

Environmental Achievement of the Year – Tire Design
Michelin’s 45% and 58% sustainable material tires
Bridgestone Firestone IndyCar tires use NR from guayule
Hankook iON Formula E race tire
GRI Virtual Rib

Environmental Achievement of the Year – Manufacturing
Continental’s invisible markers in natural rubber
VMI UNIXX belt maker
Bekaert sustainability initiatives
Evonik strategic agreement for bio-based silica

Environmental Achievement of the Year – Industry Contribution
Emissions Analytics EQUA Tyre database
Allianz Zukunft Reifen (AZuR)
Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR)
Continental’s Extreme E basketball court

Chemicals and Compounding Innovation of the Year
EVE Rubber Institute’s EcoPoint3 compound technology
Pirelli SmartGrip Gravity compound
Hankook EVolution compound

Materials Innovation Of The Year
Milliken & Company’s MilliCap Cap Ply Strips
Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ synthesized biopolymers
Goodyear releases first transit tires with soybean oil
Century Enka nylon tire cord fabric from 100% recycled nylon waste

R&D Breakthrough Of The Year
Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ enzyme evaluation
Bridgestone and Eneos for ELT
Dr Ahmad Rida – Near-field-communication-based TPMS
Hankook Tire and Rescale

Tire Manufacturing Innovation Of The Year
Goodyear’s small-batch production process, Luxembourg
ZF LUB6 TBR test bench
Hankook Damaged Parts Restoration technology
KE Fischer RFID lamination line

Tire Industry Supplier Of The Year
Uzer Makina
Rodolfo Comerio
Comerio Ercole
HF Group

Tire Concept Of The Year
Goodyear 90% sustainable materials tire
Continental Conti Urban concept
Nexen Conqueror
Hankook iFlex 2

Tire Of The Year
Continental PremiumContact 7
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 6
Firestone Firehawk AS V2
Apollo Amperion
Hankook Ventus iON S

Tire Manufacturer of the Year

In addition, the 2023 Young Scientist Prize and Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented on the night. These two prizes are subject to separate judging processes.

The awards are coordinated by Tire Technology International magazine, which is published by UKi Media & Events, the organizer of Tire Technology Expo. For full details of 2022’s winners, click here.

For more information on Tire Technology Expo 2023, head to

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Matt joined UKi Media & Events in 2014 after seven years of living and working in Dubai. He has been a journalist for over 15 years and has worked for a wide range of publications, including Rolling Stone, Time Out, iQ, Wired, Kipp Report and Loaded. After starting out on the automotive team as deputy editor of Engine Technology International, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology International and Transmissions Technology International, he has been an editor since 2015, and began editing Tire Technology International in 2018. In 2020, he was appointed editor-in-chief of Tire, Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International and Wheel Technology International. He is also the chairman of the Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation & Excellence

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