In recognition of an outstanding contribution by an individual over the course of their career to the tyre retreading sector.
Marvin Bozarth is perhaps one of the best known and most recognised individuals in the North American tyre retreading industry. A larger-than-life figure, he is best known for his role as Executive Director of the International Tire and Rubber Association in the 1990s, but has had a long and varied career in the tyre industry. Bozarth spent the first 20 years of his career at Purcell Tire & Rubber Company, based in Potosi. Missouri, latterly as Vice President Manufacturing before moving onto is role at ITRA, a predecessor organisation of the Tire Industry Association (TIA), where he later became Executive Director, a position he filled until January 2002. He remained active with TIA as a senior technical consultant until 2018.
Hans-Jürgen Drechsler has over 25 years’ experience in the retreading industry, both with the German trade association BRV and for BIPAVER, where he headed up the Federation’s Technical Committee. In this role he was a leading player in protecting the technical and legislative interests of independent retreaders in Europe for many years. Recently retired from his association roles, he now acts as a consultant to Gummiwerk Kraiburg.