Valebridge Media Services and its Retreading Business and Tyre & Rubber Recycling publications have presented Marvin Bozarth, retired executive director of the former International Tire & Rubber Association (ITRA), with the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award in the Tire Retreading Sector.
The honor is part of the organizers’ second annual Recircle Awards program, which is a global event that recognizes the contributions of companies and individuals within the tire manufacturing, retreading and recycling industries towards the circular economy.
Bozarth is the second recipient of the Recircle Lifetime Achievement Award in the Tire Retreading Sector.
The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award and other winners were announced April 25 during a virtual awards ceremony broadcast on Facebook and YouTube. Recipients will receive their awards either May 24 during The Tire Cologne exhibition in Cologne, Germany, or May 26 at the Autopromotec exhibition in Bologna, Italy.
Bozarth was recognized for a lifetime of significant contribution to the tire retreading industry over the course of his career, said David Wilson, managing director of Valebridge Media and editor/publisher of Retreading Business and Tyre & Rubber Recycling, which are based in the United Kingdom. He is “a legend in the North American retreading industry, a larger-than-life figure who contributed hugely to the retreading industry during his career.”
TIA CEO Richard “Dick” Gust said on the virtual broadcast “there is no one in the industry more knowledgeable about retread tires than Marvin Bozarth.” Gust, who worked in retreading early in his career, said there were many times where he would call Bozarth for advice on retread manufacturing problems and how to make tires better. “He was always willing to spend as much time talking with me as he possibly could,” he said.