Lord Charles Cecil, The High Sheriff of Hertfordshire visits TARRC

TARRC was pleased to welcome the visit of Lord Charles Cecil, The High Sheriff of Hertfordshire to Brickendonbury on Monday 26th March 2012. He was accompanied by Dr Andrew Stevenson, Hertford Town Councillor.

TARRC’s CEO Dr Kamarudin Ab-Malek and Director of Research Dr Stuart Cook briefed Lord Charles on the Research Centre’s current work which focuses on the important areas of sustainable tyre research, rubber in engineering applications and biotechnology. Lord Charles then enjoyed a tour of the state-of-the-art laboratory facilities where he was introduced to some of TARRC’s 85 scientists, engineers, technologists and supporting staff.

The High Sheriff is appointed by Her Majesty the Queen and the Privy Council. The appointment is for a year. High Sheriffs are charged with the task of protecting the judges in the Crown Court and of representing the Sovereign in relations with the Police, as well as a wider brief to work with the voluntary sector in crime prevention, HM prisons and probation. For more information on The High Sheriff please visit this website.

On his visit to Brickendonbury Lord Charles was particularly interested in TARRC’s major project that is using a modified natural rubber for green tyres which have excellent fuel efficiency and wet grip. The form of natural rubber is called Ekoprena™ and was developed and patented by TARRC. It is already being used by a major Japanese tyre company for the manufacture of their tyres.


L to R clockwise: Dr Cook explains some of the work about sustainable tyre research at TARRC. In the Mill Room.
                          Walking in the grounds at Brickendonbury. Dr Cook shows Lord Charles the new laboratories at TARRC.

Lord Charles was also impressed by TARRC’s pioneering biotechnology work that has resulted in a high quality sequence of the rubber tree genome. It is expected that TARRC’s work will lead to higher yielding trees that are more resistant to wider climatic variations and resistant to diseases.

Another area of interest to Lord Charles was the use of computer simulation to reduce the time from design to manufacture of rubber products such as automotive products that are being developed by TARRC.

Interest was also shown by Lord Charles in the application of smart automotive engine mounts that are being developed at TARRC that could recognise when the engine is idling or when it is being driven at motorway speeds, the mount would then adjust its behaviour to minimise the transmission of vibration through to its passengers.


L to R: Lord Charles signing TARRC's Visitors Book. Dr Kamarudin Ab-Malek presenting Lord Charles with a token gift.

For further information about TARRC's current work please contact Gail Reader 01992 584966.

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