Speaker Spotlight: Tire and Rubber Summit 2019

TRAC’s Tire & Rubber Summit speaker lineup is here. Our 2019 program brings you a list of germane industry topics delivered by high-profile executive speakers from rubber companies, non-tire manufacturers, rubber compounders, suppliers, auxiliary businesses, and regulators.

Find out all there is to know about rubber material feedstocks, regulatory initiatives and outlook, Canadian economic outlook, and the barrage of new disruptive technologies in automotive, manufacturing and materials’ development sectors.

Speakers’ Spotlight:

Dinner Keynote (June 11)

Paul BarterManagement Consultant, Business Professor, Entrepreneur and Venture Investor 
Paul is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship and focusses on the intersection of technology, business, employment and society in our rapidly changing world. Besides his consulting and investing activities, he supports the next generation of entrepreneurs as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the RIC Centre, a Venture Advisor at MaRS Discovery District and an MBA professor and entrepreneurship advisor at the Schulich School of Business.

Sessions (June 12)

Rubber Material Feedstocks – Supply and Demand Outlook

Our experts will present the challenges and trends affecting the supply and demand for tire industry’s core raw material feedstocks such as NR, SBR, CB, processing oils and others. Furthermore, panelists will offer insights into latest feedstocks procurement strategies relevant in today’s market environment

Dennis Corson; Senior Vice President, Sales and Operations, Alan L. Grant Polymer

Robert Rist; Regional Director, Product Management, Reinforcement Materials, Cabot Corporation

Karthika Kizhakke Vellate; Senior Procurement Analyst, Beroe Inc.

Regulatory Initiatives and Outlook

Our panelists will focus on several key regulatory initiatives relevant to rubber and tire manufacturers in Canada, and will include directives concerning Canada’s Chemical Management Plan and Canada’s Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Trade also remains under scrutiny and customs compliance and programs continue to evolve to match the challenging global trade environment.

Sarah Amick; Vice President, U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association

Michael Sherbo; Director of Appeals, Dominion Customs Consultants Inc.

Pierrette LeBlanc; Senior Engineer, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada

Canadian Economic Outlook

Despite global trade tensions, the global economy is not expected to stall in 2019, and the U.S. economic growth has been the main cause in propelling global growth over the past year. The Canadian economy is expected to remain solid and will also likely continue to expand. This segment will provide an overview of the key culprits that will shape the Canadian economy in the coming year.

Josh Nye; Senior Economist, Royal Bank of Canada

Driving to the Future – Part I.

New technologies have one thing in common: the surprising ways they can alter how companies reach their business goals. How will connected vehicles, advanced networks and other technologies impact the tire industry? This segment will present several technologies that are affecting the industry as we speak.

Khaled Boqaileh; Co-Founder & CEO, LabsCubed

Don Heelis, P.Eng.; Sales Manager, Cimcorp Automation Ltd.

Ross McKenzie; Managing Director, Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research

Driving to the Future – Part II.

Technology is changing industries in unprecedented ways, dramatically altering the way they understand and advance product development, manufacturing processes, and other business aspects. This segment will be a discussion of several new technologies and ideas that are informing automotive and tire industries today.

Mike Nehls; General Manager, Tire & Wheel Testing, Smithers RAPRA

Jay Spears; Director of Standards and Regulations, Continental Tire, The Americas

Eric Chaniot; Chief Digital Officer, The Michelin Group

 

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Bridgestone promotes sustainability and transparency across global tire and rubber supply chain

Bridgestone has made steady progress in implementing its Global Sustainable Procurement Policy, which outlines the company’s path to achieving the ambitious goal of using only sustainable materials in all of its products by 2050.

Through its partnership with EcoVadis, a provider of sustainability, risk and performance ratings for global supply chains, the tire maker assesses suppliers’ current sustainability practices, and looks at what support is needed to improve on this.

Read the source article at Tire Technology International

Michelin, Continental Named to Forbes Best Large Employer List

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Named to the No. 1 spot last year, Michelin has been ranked No. 10 this year by the magazine and Continental is listed at No. 67 on Forbes’ list.

Read the source article at Tire Review

Goodyear launches ‘ultimate all-rounder’ and new super car tyres

Goodyear has officially presented its next-generation Ultra High Performance (UHP) road tyre, the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 5. Billed as “the ultimate all-rounder”, the tyre uses new technology to produce “significant improvements in wet braking and dry handling without compromising ride comfort or road noise”

Read the source article at Tyrepress

Merger/acquisition activity continues to drive North American commercial sector

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AKRON — 2018/19 will go down as one of the commercial tire industry’s most active periods in terms of mergers/acquisitions, with as many as 75 points of sale/service and 14 retread plants changing hands over the past 12 months.

Topping the list are Southern Tire Mart’s pending acquisition of 46 GCR Tires & Service commercial tire locations and six retread plants from Bridgestone Americas Inc. and Bauer Built Inc.’s acquisition of the tire division of Allied Oil & Tire Co. — seven outlets and one retread plant in five states.

Read the source article at Tire Business

ETRMA members’ tyre sales 1st quarter 2019 show slight decline in European tyre replacement sales

Brussels, 16th April 2019 – Today the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) published its members’ sales for the 1 st quarter of 2019.

The overall industry sales declined slightly in Q1 2019. This pattern is similar to 2018, which saw low sales in Q1 and recovery in the following months. It remains uncertain whether the recovery in Q2 will balance out the decline registered in Q1.

ETRMA welcomes the very positive evolution for truck tyre replacement (+9%), reconfirming the 2018 full-year trend, and the positive trend in agricultural tyre sales. As for the moto and scooter tyre replacement sales, the positive trend observed during the Q4 of 2018 is reflected again in the 2019 Q1 sales.

Read the source article at etrma.org

Smithers Rapra to host webinar on tire components

Brad Wurst, a technical consultant at Smithers Rapra, will deliver a webinar on radial tire components on Wednesday, May 8. The webinar, titled ‘Tire Components 101: A Comprehensive Overview of the Building Blocks of a Radial Tire’, will take place at 11:00am and will last roughly an hour.

Read the source article at Tire Technology International

Cooper Tires challenges Coulthard in new video series

Cooper Tires has produced a new series of videos with ex-Formula 1 star and brand ambassador David Coulthard. In the new DriveTribe.com series, the tyre manufacturer challenges Coulthard to explore the role that tyres play in a range of extreme driving conditions.

Read the source article at Tyrepress

ANRPC cites fall in natural rubber production in the first two months of 2019

Based on preliminary estimates, world production of natural rubber (NR) again fell by 5.8%, year-on-year, in the first two months of 2019, amounting to 2.138 million tonnes, according to the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC).

It attributes this fall to the recent tropical storm in Thailand and early winter season of rubber trees observed across member countries.

Read the source article at Tire Technology International

Cambodia’s rubber exports show 23% increase, but prices decline

Cambodia’s rubber exports increased 23 per cent in the first quarter of this year on the same period last year, while rubber prices continue to decrease, according to figures from the General Directorate of Rubber under the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The data showed the Kingdom exported 48,192 tonnes of rubber in the first quarter of this year, a 23 per cent increase compared to the same period last year, with an average price of $1,279 per tonne, a 12 per cent decrease.

Read the source article at Global Rubber Markets News