Save the Date – Rubber Industry in the Spotlight: Tire and Rubber Summit 2017

About the Tire & Rubber Summit

The precursor of our Tire & Rubber Summit dates back more than 30 years, and its core value remains constant to this day: as a networking aggregator, bring together C-level executives of the tire and rubber industry to collaborate, reveal latest trends and address key issues and developments affecting the global tire industry, with a spotlight on Canada.

In the Tire & Rubber Summit, TRAC created world-class event that explores the rubber industry’s economic aspects, technology, innovation and regulation. All the expertise put forth at the event comes from executives in rubber companies, non-tire manufacturers, rubber compounders, suppliers, auxiliary businesses, and regulators who together create what we know to be the global rubber industry.

Our event features presentations and speakers who deliver thought-provoking ideas, allows the attendees the opportunity to absorb the latest industry insights, and jumpstarts industry conversations. The Summit’s professional presentations provide latest insights and uncover potential new market directions, while the cooperative and collegial environment creates invaluable networking opportunities, connects new business opportunities, and helps grow market presence and increase business performance.


Summit 2017: Industry in the Spotlight

With 200-year history of production, manufacturing and market experience, the rubber industry is the most agile one when it comes to raising up to the challenges and evolving with market demands. Today, the industry faces regulatory challenges brought on by global economic and political changes, need to meet increased demand using limited natural resources, new competition, as well as the ‘elasticity’ of the market—its fragmentation as well as consolidation. But in the face of these challenges, the industry continues to competitively feed the ever-growing demand for this one most strategic of resources.


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Yokohama inks Spartan Race sponsorship

SANTA ANA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2017) — Yokohama Tire Corp.’s Geolander light truck tire line will take the sponsorship spotlight as part of a multi-year deal with Spartan Race, an obstacle course and endurance brand.

The new contract makes Yokohama the “Official Tire of the U.S. Spartan Race” and gives the Japanese tire manufacturer branding designation at select obstacle course races across the U.S this year. Among those races are the five Spartan Race U.S. Championship Series events that will air on the NBC Sports Network and the 2017 Reebok World Championship on Sept. 30, which will be televised on NBC.

“Yokohama’s sponsorship of Spartan Race marks the convergence of two like-minded global brands, and illustrates the massive growth and appeal of the obstacle course racing sport and Spartan endurance lifestyle as an integrated sponsorship platform,” Ian Lawson, Spartan Race vice president of sponsorship and media sales, said in a news release. “We are excited about our partnership with Yokohama and look forward to testing our competitors’ strength against the Yokohama tires on the course.”

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Fortune: Goodyear ‘most admired’ tire company

AKRON (Feb. 22, 2017) — For the fifth year in a row, Fortune magazine has ranked Goodyear as the world’s most admired tire company.

Fortune listed Goodyear No. 2 on its list of most admired companies in the motor vehicle parts category, the highest rank in the category for a U.S.-based company. The second-place rank also in an improvement over last year’s No. 3 ranking.

Other tire companies to make the 2017 list in the motor vehicle parts category were Group Michelin and Continental A.G., which were ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.

Robert Bosch L.L.C. took to the top spot in the motor vehicle parts category. Toyota (3), Johnson Controls (6), Lear (7) and ZF Friedrichshafen (8) round out the list of companies in the category.

In addition to being ranked among Fortune‘s most admired companies, Goodyear also ranks 169th on the Fortune 500 list.

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Bridgestone, Conti and SRI win at TTI Awards


Sustainable innovation, and next-generation information and communication technologies were championed at this year’s Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence.

The awards are decided by the votes of a 27-strong panel of experts from the tire industry and academia, with the winners announced last night (Wednesday, February 15) during Tire Technology Expo, at a Gala Dinner at the Hannover Congress Centrum.

This year’s winners are testament to how the latest consumer electronics and cutting-edge information communication technology are being successfully adopted into tire design and manufacturing, yielding great results.

Graham Heeps, editor, Tire Technology International & chairman of the judging panel said: “Cutting-edge sustainability and information technology is more prominent than ever among this year’s winners, showing that the tire industry is at the forefront of high-tech research, development and manufacturing. The judging panel was impressed by the strength in depth among this year’s finalists. Picking the winners gets harder every year!”

Bridgestone was awarded Tire Manufacturing Innovation of the Year with judges overwhelmingly voting for the brand’s Examation tire assembly system. Examation combines revolutionary artificial intelligence with information and communication technologies, for improved quality and enhanced factory productivity.

Versalis/Genomatica won the Environmental Achievement of the Year award for their long-term project to create renewable butadiene. The companies embarked on the joint venture in a bid to address concerns around potential butadiene shortages and price increases. In a demonstration run in 2016, several kilograms of renewable butadiene were prepared starting from commercial sugars, with polymerization tests showing no differences between the polybutadiene prepared from fossil or renewable feedstock.

Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI, producers of Falken tires) won the Tire Technology of the Year category for a record third time with its Advanced 4D Nano Design, which makes is possible to perform highly realistic simulations of the complex internal structures and behaviours of rubber materials at the nanoscale. The technology is being used to develop next-generation tire materials, including a new tread rubber that doubled the wear performance of SRI’s standard tread rubber from 2011.

The Tire Industry Supplier of the Year award was presented to Harm Voortman, president and CEO, VMI Group. Judges recognized the launch of VMI’s Milexx truck-tire building machine, along with further debuts including its Retrax automated pre-cure tread applicator, Pixxel vision system, and its new manufacturing facility in Leszno, Poland, operational from Q2 2017.

In the hotly contested Tire Manufacturer of the Year category it was Continental who scooped the prize, beating off stiff competition from Hankook, Michelin and Yokohama.

A raft of major R&D and production investments were unveiled by Continental in 2016, with German projects including a new high-performance technical center and a dedicated dandelion-rubber research center. In September, the first truck test tires containing dandelion rubber were revealed, with production expected to follow in 5-10 years.

Two specialist awards were also presented. TU Dresden PhD candidate, Pavel Sarkisov took home the Young Scientist Prize after delivering an impressive conference paper entitled “Optical measurement of tire deformation focused on transient handling properties”. Meanwhile tire materials expert, Gert Heinrich, director of the Institute of Polymer Materials at the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research in Dresden, and Continental’s former head of materials research, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Camso Displaying Latest Products at CONEXPO


Camso will showcase its latest severe-duty tire and rubber track solutions at the ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017, March 7-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Formerly known as Camoplast and Solideal, this will be the first time the company attends the show under its new identity – Camso, the Road Free Company.

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Indian Tyre Industry In For Formidable Growth


The Indian tyre industry, with an unprecedented Rs 400,000-million ($6 billion approx) investment in the last few years, is at the threshold of major leap forward. With the new Greenfield facilities set up in recent years, the most technologically advanced domestic industry can vie with the best in the world, says Rajiv Budhraja, the highly proficient Director General of Automotive Tyre Manufacturers Association (ATMA).

India, with sheer diversity of road profiles and weather conditions, is a challenging country for tyre manufacturers. That even international OEMs prefer India-made tyres to roll out their vehicles in India is a better endorsement for quality of the Indian tyres which are being exported to over 100 countries, including the most discerning ones such as the US, he says.

In an interview to Rubber Asia, Rajiv Budhraja, the authoritative spokesman of the Indian tyre industry, asserts that, if the Indian tyre manufacturing industry is to blossom, dumping of the Chinese tyres needs to be curbed forthwith. Inverted duty structure needs to be addressed and import of raw materials, be it NR or Synthetic Rubbers, needs to be allowed duty-free to the extent of domestic deficiency. The industry has presented these primary demands before the Government.

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Evonik presenting silica/silane life cycle assessment at TTE


At this year’s Tire Technology Expo, Evonik will present its new cradle to grave Life Cycle Assessment of the environmental impact resulting from tyre treads based on silica/silane and S-SBR in comparison to tyre treads based on carbon black and E-SBR rubber.

The study analyses impact categories such as the Global Warming Potential, the Photochemical Ozone Creation Potential, and the Primary Energy Demands. The functional unit was defined as the use of Silica/Silane and S-SBR in treads of passenger car tyres over a driving distance of 150,000 kilometres. Additionally, a sensitivity analysis was conducted with petrol consumption, fuel savings, and lifetime as parameters.

According to the study, silica/silane technology in green tyres is able to significantly reduce emissions and environmental impacts in the basic scenario in any analysed impact category considered relevant. Consequently, the Global Warming Potential can be reduced by 4.9 per cent in total over the whole lifecycle; by replacing carbon black and E-SBR with Silica/Silane and S-SBR, emissions of up to 1.4 tonnes of CO2 equivalents per 150,000 kilometres driving distance are avoidable.

The study also shows that the use phase has a key impact on the overall lifecycle in all impact categories. As Green tires with Silica/Silane components can significantly reduce fuel consumption, this technology can have a key role in reducing emissions in general.

Evonik can be found at the Tire Technology Expo fair on stand C816.

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Rubber Division adds table top exhibit to spring meeting

AKRON—The ACS Rubber Division is offering a limited number of table top exhibits during its spring technical meeting in Beachwood, Ohio.

The spring session—its 191st technical meeting—will be held April 25-27 at the Double Tree by Hilton in Beachwood.

On the first day of the meeting, April 25, the Rubber Division for the first time will offer table top exhibits for attendees to visit during breaks, at lunch and during the Welcome Reception that evening. They are available for the first 25 companies to sign up at a cost of $500. That includes a six-foot table, a chair and complimentary entrance for one representative to exhibit.

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Grand conclusion to Reifen China & RubberTech China 2016


Reifen China, organized jointly by China United Rubber Corporation (CURC) and Messe Essen, Germany, presented a host of latest products from industries such as tyres, wheels, repair material, valves, garage equipment and accessories amongst other products.

Exhibitor categories included tyre manufacturing, trading, retreading, tyre accessories, repair shops, associations and institutions. The companies that displayed their tyre products included ZC Rubber, Double Coin, Triangle, Guizhou Tyre, ChemChina, Hengfeng Tire, Yinbao Tyre, Shengtai Group, Tianjin United Tire & Rubber International Co.,Ltd. etc.

The 13th China International Tyre Resources Recycling Expo organized by China Tyre Recycling Association was held in association with Reifen China 2016 and enriched the exhibits range with tyre retreading, rubber powder, reclaimed rubber and waste tyre pyrolyzing, thus forming a complete industry chain of rubber products from manufacturing to circulation utilization.

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Clemson University Global Industry Tire Conference

The Clemson Tire Conference is a one-of-a-kind event where C-level leaders from across the globe can gather to collaborate, discover and address trends and developments affecting the global tire industry.  This intimate conference is constructed to help connect and inform leaders and decision-makers in the areas of design, research, manufacturing, retail and regulations.

Whether directly or indirectly involved in tire making, your organization can benefit from three days of professional presentations and networking opportunities with others in the industry.  Enjoy beautiful Hilton Head Island while making face to face connections with other leaders in the global tire industry.

CONFERENCE DATES: April 19-21, 2017

Sonesta Resort
130 Shipyard Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


Nan Johnston
(864) 656-2200

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