MPRG award recognises aircraft tyre developments

IOM3
,
1 Feb 2012

IOM3 local society Midland Plastics and Rubber Group (MPRG) have
presented the Sue Panteny Award to James O’Callaghan, a young scientist at Birmingham-based
firm Dunlop Aircraft Tyres.

James recently completed a part-time degree in Polymer Science at
Staffordshire University, passing with first class honours, and was nominated
for the award in recognition of the findings of his final project.  

Dunlop Aircraft Tyres hopes his work in developing a new aircraft tyre tread
compound could increase the tyre life by reducing heat build up and increasing
abrasion resistance, two improvements that should also reduce operating costs
for airlines.

The
compound is likely to put through rigorous testing before it makes its way into
new products, but Dunlop Aircraft Tyres chairman Ian Edmondson said ‘I’m
delighted that our employee’s promising work has received this fantastic
recognition from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.’

The award was presented to James by Bob Kind and Mike Beeson on behalf of
MPRG. The award is named after Sue Panteny who sadly passed away last year. Sue
received an Outstanding Service Award for her contribution to MPRG last year, which
she supported as its chairman and secretary.