A scientist at Birmingham-based Dunlop Aircraft Tyres has been recognised for his work in developing a new tread compound that could increase the tyre life and reduce operating costs for airlines around the world.
James O’Callaghan, 26, from Erdington received the Sue Panteny Award from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
While developing the new compound, James studied one day a week for a polymer technology degree at Staffordshire University, which, after three years, he passed with first class honours last summer.
The new compound reduces the heat build up of the tyre and increases its abrasive resistance. Following extensive internal testing, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres will initiate controlled trials across various aircraft across Europe before deciding whether to incorporate it into new products.
“I’m delighted that another one of our employees has been recognised for their pioneering work,” said Ian Edmondson, chairman at Dunlop Aircraft Tyres.
Mr Edmondson commented that it is through continual innovation that companies remain competitive. “Tyre manufacturers face constant pressure to improve performance and reduce aircraft operators’ costs,” he said.
“I congratulate James on his first class honours degree and on securing this fantastic recognition from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining,” Edmondson added.