K2019 Preview: K stands for rubber

Billed as the ‘world’s No. 1 trade fair for plastics and rubber, K2019 will take place 16-23 Oct in Düsseldorf, Germany, with over 3000 registered exhibitors and over 200,000 visitors expected to attend.

Over the eight days, participants from across the global plastics and rubber industries will meet here to show and learn about new materials and manufacturing technologies – and discuss current issues around sustainability and other challenges facing the polymer sector.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Unimax celebrates 40th anniversary with Point S Canada dealers

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LISBON, Portugal — More than 300 tire retailers and suppliers attended the Point S Canada/Unimax Tire Ltd. annual convention, Sept. 12-15, in Lisbon to celebrate Unimax’s 40th anniversary.

Read the source article at Tire Business

Continental to present VF technology for Agricultural tires at Agritechnica

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Continental Tires will present its new Very High Flexion (VF) technology for the TractorMaster and CombineMaster agricultural tires at this year’s Agritechnica Show.

The tires with VF specifications have highly flexible sidewalls which maintain the tire’s durability and directional stability at a high level in the event of reduced air pressure or high load. This is made possible through an optimized belt and bead geometry.

Read the source article at Traction News

Traction Summit 2019 Agenda Focuses on Innovation in a Disruptive Market

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TRACTION SUMMIT 2019: The agenda for the 2019 edition of Smithers’ Traction Summit conference, taking place at historic Hayes Mansion in San Jose, California, October 16-18, 2019, has been officially released. 

As the key U.S. conference focused on developing ideas and capitalizing on relationships in tire and automotive markets, Traction Summit is the definitive meeting place to discuss and understand future opportunities for tires.

Returning to northern California, the hub of new tech revolution in automotive, this year’s program is focused on evaluating the modern tire industry as it deals with numerous global economic headwinds and opportunities, while discussing innovations to meet a more tech-savvy market. 

The 2019 program features top tire and automotive industry experts from throughout the supply chain, including Local Motors, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Goodyear Innovation Lab, Wards Auto, BYTON, ExxonMobil, Consumer Reports, BKT Tires, REACH, Tyrata, Wards Intelligence, and many more.

Event sessions include: The Future of the Auto Industry, Tires as Part of the Connected World, Voice of the Customer, The Future Facility, Regulations and Legislation, and A New generation of Vehicles, which focuses on advancements in electric vehicles, the growth of subscription services with the passenger market, autonomy, and how autonomous vehicles are changing fleets, trucks, and OTR vehicles.

The keynote presentation, given by Elizabeth Laderman, Economist at The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, will discuss how the changing global economy will impact the tire and auto industry in the short and long term. Laderman will delve into tariffs, trade wars, and the potential retrenching of the Chinese economy and how it can create friction and challenges for the U.S. tire and auto industry.

Smithers’ Dr. James Popio, Vice President of Operations – North America, will detail a complete analytical look at the tire industry.

Haig Stoddard, Senior Industry Analyst with Wards Intelligence, will present an examination of production demand, both in the United States and globally, and discuss the status of the autonomous vehicle market and the growth of the electric vehicles.

John Culliton, BYTON’s Senior Engineer of Chasis Attribute Delivery, will discuss the concept of A Living Room on Wheels, balancing consumer comfort demands with range considerations, packaging opportunities, load constraints, and how to balance with full-vehicle ride, handling, and NVH attributes.

Paul Burgoyne, Founder and CEO of REACH, will look at how sensors and 21st century communication devices can benefit the transportation sector.

Traction Summit’s co-location with Smithers’ Image Sensors Auto conference, the premier event focusing on the latest technology, applications, and advancements that are helping move the industry toward autonomous and connected vehicles, opens endless opportunities for attendees to network and build key relationships.

Smithers is a global leader in rubber, tire, industrial, automotive, and consumer industries. Utilizing a unique mix of academic and market intelligence, comprehensive testing, analysis, and information facilities, on-site expertise, and leading industry experts, Smithers offers rubber, plastics, and polymer laboratory testingconsulting services and support, industry-leading conferencestraining courses, and webinars, and market reports.

Reach out to the program producer, Dan Sandoval, at DSandoval@smithers.com with any questions about the Traction Summit program.

Atlas Tire Hosts Fall ATU

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Retailers learn about the latest product, and the future of our industry.

Many of Atlas Tire’s customers attended the latest instalment of Atlas Tire University. The retailers in attendance had the opportunity to learn about the latest tires directly from the many tire manufacturers in attendance.

Read the source article at Autosphere.ca

Continental bringing intelligent tyre, technologies to Agritechnica

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The bag of goodies Continental is bringing to Agritechnica 2019 includes a new intelligent tyre that’ll be unveiled during the show. The TractorMaster H – the suffix stands for Hybrid – is equipped with VF technology and sensors that continuously measure and monitor tyre pressure and temperature. Continental is introducing the TractorMaster H in response to the trend towards fully-automated agricultural vehicles and machinery that rely upon component monitoring systems.

Read the source article at Tyrepress

Registration opens for 2020 TIA Off-the-Road Tire Conference

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BOWIE, Md. — The Tire Industry Association has opened registration for its 65th Annual Off-the-Road Tire Conference, to be held Feb. 19-22, 2020, at the Renaissance Esmeralda Hotel & Spa in Indian Wells, Calif., near Palm Springs.

Read the source article at Tire Business

TIA Announces 2019 Hall of Fame, Ed Wagner Leadership Awards Recipients

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The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has announced the names of recipients for its 2019 Hall of Fame and Ed Wagner Leadership Awards.

The recipients of the 2019 Hall of Fame Award are:

  • Brent Hesje, CEO of Fountain Tire, Edmonton, Canada
  • The late Frank Holeman, Director of the Tire Industry Safety Council, from 1969-1987

Read the source article at Autosphere.ca

Vipal Rubber presents at ProfiAuto Show 2019

Vipal Rubber, one of the world’s top manufacturers of tyre retreading products, has participated in the ProfiAuto Show 2019 (8-9 June in Katowice, Poland) in partnership with exclusive Polish distributor, Arko-Gum. The partnership between the companies, vital in ensuring Vipal provides the most relevant solutions for the Polish market, has been in effect for nine years.

Read the source article at Tyrepress

Off-the-Road (OTR) Tire Conference

Get ready for the 2020 OTR Conference in Indian Wells, CA!

If you want to tap into the who’s who of the global earthmover tire, retreading and service industries, the Tire Industry Association’s (TIA) annual is the place to be. Now in its 65th year, the event regularly attracts the industry’s movers and shakers, who come to network, learn, conduct business, swap ideas, reconnect and have some fun.

Read the source article at TIRE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION