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Traction Summit 2023: "Sustainability in Tires"

May 23-25, 2023
San Antonio, TX

Dates and Location Confirmed for Traction Summit 2023!

May 23-25, 2023 | San Antonio, TX

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Traction Summit is the definitive meeting place to discuss and understand future opportunities for tires, and to make the connections needed to capitalize on those prospects. With a unique blend of speakers and attendees from throughout the full tire supply chain, including tire sensor startups, the world’s leading tire manufacturers, and the voice of the customer from fleets, aftermarket, and OEMs, Traction Summit is unlike any conference in the tire sector. This event is the perfect place to network with industry insiders, hear ideas and insights from different parts of the supply chain, and learn about innovations, growth opportunities, and the latest trends. 

Smithers has been in the Tire testing market since the 1920’s and has a very strong brand for independent expert opinion on tire performance. Along with presenting leading industry information at Traction Summit, with over 90 years of expertise in rubber testing, Smithers provides custom tire analysis and standard testing to meet your requirements. Learn More About Tire Testing >>>

The 2023 agenda will explore topics such as:

  • New materials for tires – biobased etc.
  • Sustainable materials, i.e. sustainable rubber
  • Reduction in tire wear particles
  • 6PPD
  • EPA regulations and considerations
  • Low rolling resistance and emission reduction tire technologies
  • End of life options for tires – retread, recycling etc.
  • Net Zero, is it feasible?
  • New technology related to tire industry. Quality, efficiency, cost reduction, performance improvements.
  • Tire and Road Wear Particles, impact of mobility developments (EV, AV, Connectivity, Shared Mobility) on tire requirements.
  • EV impact on vehicle manufacturing and tires
  • Current and future mobility trends
  • Material selection and impact on tire performance
  • Carbon Black

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2022 Agenda

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Registration and Opening Remarks
Session I: Industry Insights Roadmap to Sustainability
Session II: Manufacturing and Material Selection
Session III: Case Studies and Research
Networking Reception
Registration & Opening Remarks
Session IV: Future Industry Insights for Environmental Efforts
Session V: Tire Performance and Sustainability
Networking Lunch
Session VI: Aftermarket Solutions
End of Conference
Sarah Amick - USTMA

Sarah Amick

Vice President EHS&S and Senior Counsel at USTMA
Joshua Guilliams - Smithers

Joshua Guilliams

Vice President,Consulting Materials Science and Engineering at Smithers
Sabu Thomas - Mahatma Gandhi University

Sabu Thomas

Vice-Chancellor at Mahatma Gandhi University
Andrew Thompson - Bridgestone Americas

Andrew Thompson

Global General Manager, Strategic Sustainability at Bridgestone Americas
Zhen Liu - CarbonX

Zhen Liu

Head of Elastomers & Thermoplastics at CarbonX
Dr. Karl Palmer - DTSC (Department of Toxic Substances Control)

Dr. Karl Palmer

Deputy Director, Safer Consumer Products Program at DTSC (Department of Toxic Substances Control)

2023 Sponsors

Smithers

2022 Advisory Board

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Joshua Guilliams - Smithers

Joshua Guilliams

Vice President,Consulting Materials Science and Engineering at Smithers
Andrew Thompson - Bridgestone Americas

Andrew Thompson

Global General Manager, Strategic Sustainability at Bridgestone Americas
David Howland - General Motors

David Howland

Global Leader for Tire Testing and Analytical Methods at General Motors
Jay Spears - Continental Tire

Jay Spears

Director of Standards and Regulation, The Americas at Continental Tire
John Baldwin, Ph.D. - Discount Tire

John Baldwin, Ph.D.

Sr. Vice President at Discount Tire
Brent Gruber - J.D. Power

Brent Gruber

Executive Director, EV Practice at J.D. Power