Wacky World of Rubber: Industry truly is a small world

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Now I don’t get across the pond for work travel as often as I’d like, but when I do I am amazed at how the rubber industry, while global in nature, truly is a small-knit community in many respects. But there are still some differences between the U.S. and Europe, as I found out on my recent trip to the Tire Technology Expo in Hanover, Germany.

So here are some of my observations from the journey, my first to Europe in about a half-dozen years.

First of all, where you are going from and to factors largely in how smooth—and long—your trip may be.

I was flying out of Cleveland and to Hanover, neither of which are major airport hubs. That meant it would take three legs to get there, with stops at JFK Airport in New York and Heathrow in London on each end of the trip.

I knew, though, the trip would be a good one overall when at the Heathrow Airport waiting for the flight to Hanover, I heard a person from behind ask, “Are you Bruce?” For a second, it kind of threw me for a loop, but the voice was a most recognizable one. It was Patrick Raleigh, editor of sister publication European Rubber Journal.

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Compounders cast an eye toward materials’ future

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CLEVELAND—A panel of industry veterans looked into the future of technical compounding at Compounding World 2019.

Tom Drye, Jean Sirois and Frank Roederer each answered questions from moderator Chris Smith, editor of online magazine Compounding World. The event was held May 8-9 in Cleveland.

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Save at the pump, measure tire inflation monthly

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Cambridge, May 13, 2019 – Surging gas prices have made fuel efficiency a higher priority for Canadian drivers, according to a new national survey conducted by Leger in mid-April for the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC).

Nine-in-ten drivers surveyed (92 per cent) say fuel economy is now a higher priority for them and 90 per cent understand that proper tire inflation maximizes mileage and reduces fuel costs.

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It’s Time to Plan Your Trip to the Tire & Rubber Summit 2019

Join us at the Tire & Rubber Summit 2019 on June 11 and 12 in Toronto, and don’t forget to take advantage of our preferred hotel rate at the event’s Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel.

Our group rate offer will expire on Tuesday, May 21, so take advantage and register prior to this date here: Book hotel (special event rate). If you prefer a phone reservation where you can speak to a live person, please call hotel reservations toll free: 1-800-905-2811 or 1-888-236-2427.

This year’s iteration of the Tire & Rubber Summit is all about technology. Our 2019 program brings you a list of relevant industry topics delivered by high-profile executive speakers from rubber companies, non-tire manufacturers, rubber compounders, suppliers, auxiliary businesses, and regulators.

Register now and find out all there is to know about the broad range of new disruptive technologies in automotive, manufacturing and materials development sectors, rubber material feedstocks, regulatory initiatives and outlook, and Canadian economic outlook.

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Canada Road Safety Week 2019

In 2019, Canada Road Safety Week will take place from Tuesday May 14th to Monday May20th. Each day of Canada Road Safety Week will be dedicated to a different road safety risk factor, with Saturday, May 18th being designated National Enforcement Day.

 All enforcement agencies across the country are invited to actively participate in this campaign and to encourage citizens in their respective community to adopt safe driving practices.

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Sullivan Tire Celebrates 64 Years with Goodyear Blimp Flight

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Sullivan Tire and Auto Service is taking to the skies to celebrate 64 years of business as they offer guests a ride on a Goodyear blimp.

On May 22, Wingfoot will fly over Plymouth Harbor bearing the dealership’s messaging. Sullivan Tire, who has been a Goodyear Tire dealer for more than 40 years, will also offer a Goodyear sale from May 6 through the end of the month.

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Tire industry should embrace disruption, innovation

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. —Disruption is now almost a daily event in the tire industry, according to Dave Zielasko, publisher of Tire Business.

But disruption is good for business as long as you’re prepared to face it, Mr. Zielasko said in his presentation at the 35th Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference, held April 10-12 in Hilton Head Island.

“Disruption can be an opportunity,” he said. “You need to embrace innovation and the turbulence that comes with it.”

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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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Kazakhstan International Exhibition for Tyre and Tyre repair equipment

The only specialized show in Central Asian region – “KazTyreExpo-2019” is a great opportunity for companies to present their products to a new market, meet new buyers, make useful contacts and set up their agencies in Kazakhstan. The event will take place on October 17– 19, 2019 in Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan.

 

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‘Driving to the Future’ theme of Tire & Rubber Summit in Toronto

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CAMBRIDGE, Ontario — The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) will explore the tire and rubber industry’s advances in technology, innovation, regulation and economics at a two-day conference, Tire & Rubber Summit 2019, scheduled for June 11-12 in Toronto.

The Summit — themed “Driving to the Future” — features a lineup of presentations from executives…

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