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Traction Summit 2023

May 23-24, 2023
San Antonio, Texas

Don't Miss Your Opportunity to Attend Traction Summit 2023!

May 23-24, 2023 | San Antonio, Texas

Can't attend in person? On-Demand access is available! Enjoy presentation recordings for up to 90 days after the event through the conference app and online portal while you continue to connect and network with speakers, sponsors and other attendees.

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. 


As an added conference benefit, Smithers is planning a local proving ground tour after the second day of the conference, Wednesday, May 24, 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM.. Participants will have a chance to see various track and surface types including wet and dry VDA’s, a high-speed oval, and off-road trails.

The Smithers team members and proving ground staff will be on hand to answer any questions. Transportation will be provided from the conference venue.

Register now for the Proving Ground Tour through the link below.

*Tour participation is limited and for conference delegates only. Participation will be confirmed on first-come first-served basis after purchase of delegate pass and completion of the form below.


Lily Schreiber - Sumitomo Rubber

Lily Schreiber

Materials and Compounds Engineer at Sumitomo Rubber
Joshua Guilliams - Smithers

Joshua Guilliams

Vice President, Consulting Materials Science and Engineering at Smithers
Beverly Wright, PhD, CAP® - University of Georgia

Beverly Wright, PhD, CAP®

Director of Data Science Programs, Executive Education at University of Georgia
Tatsuyuki Abe - Kuraray

Tatsuyuki Abe

Sales Engineer at Kuraray
Tom Rosenmayer, PhD - Silpara Technologies

Tom Rosenmayer, PhD

Founder and Chief Technical Officer at Silpara Technologies
Domenico La Camera - Tire Industry Project

Domenico La Camera

Research Director at Tire Industry Project

2023 Agenda

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Registration and Opening Remarks
Session I: Tire Industry Current and Future
Session II: Industry Insights – Roadmap to Sustainability
Session III: Future Mobility and Automotive Trends
Session IV: Sustainability and Related Implications
Networking Reception
Registration & Opening Remarks
Session V: Material Innovation
Session VI: Environmental Impact and Aftermarket Considerations
End of Conference
Depart for Proving Ground
Proving Ground Tour & Reception
Bus back to Hotel Departs
Arrival at Hotel

2023 Sponsors


2023 Advisory Board

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Maureen Kline - Pirelli Tire North America

Maureen Kline

Vice President Public Affairs & Sustainability at Pirelli Tire North America
Andrew Thompson - Bridgestone Americas

Andrew Thompson

Global General Manager, Strategic Sustainability at Bridgestone Americas
Joshua Guilliams - Smithers

Joshua Guilliams

Vice President, Consulting Materials Science and Engineering at Smithers
June Satterfield - Michelin North America, Inc.

June Satterfield

Director, Industry Standards and Government Regulations at Michelin North America, Inc.
Jay Spears - Continental Tire

Jay Spears

Director of Standards and Regulation, The Americas at Continental Tire
Brent Gruber - J.D. Power

Brent Gruber

Executive Director, Global Automotive at J.D. Power

Put your brand at the forefront of the tire industry!

Top industry players attend Traction Summit with the goal of discussing innovations, finding solutions, and building relationships needed to thrive in this market. Show attendees why your services and products are necessary to improve their business operations.

Choose from one of our standard sponsorship packages, or work with us to create a custom package tailored to meet your specific conference objectives and business needs.

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