NEW ORLEANS-Nine in 10 attendees at the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association's recent convention in New Orleans favor combining that event with the American Retreaders Association's World Tire Conference and other industry gatherings, a TIRE BUSINESS survey suggests. NTDRA's 1994-'95 president, James E. Faught of Faught Tire & Service in Flint, Mich., has suggested consolidating the industry's various conventions and trade shows into a single Rubber-Tire Industry Week in order to increase attendance and reduce participation costs.
He plans to convene an ``industry task force'' meeting in Cleveland, Nov. 7-8, to discuss the feasibility of such an event.
Registering their preferences by ballot at the NTDRA trade show, 374 of 398 survey participants-94 percent-said they support the concept of a joint NTDRA-ARA tire industry exposition.
In fact, 11 respondents would carry this consolidation process even further-writing on their ballots to suggest combining the NTDRA and ARA trade shows with those of the annual Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week in Las Vegas, which this year was scheduled for Oct. 21-27.
Only 24-6 percent-of the survey group indicated a preference for keeping the NTDRA and ARA events separate.
Survey participants were asked to indicate whether the nature of their business was primarily that of a tire dealership, retreader, wholesaler or supplier. Many checked more than one of these descriptions.
Among those who marked ``tire dealership'' on the ballot, 199 out of 216-92.1 percent-answered ``yes'' to the question: ``Do you favor a joint NTDRA-ARA tire industry trade show?''
Of those who checked ``retreader,'' 89.5 percent voted in favor of consolidating the two largest U.S. tire-related shows.
And among those describing themselves as ``wholesalers,'' 94.4 percent said they favor consolidating these shows-as would 96.9 percent of those who identified themselves as ``suppliers'' to independent dealers.
An accompanying article provides a sampling of dealer and supplier opinion on this subject, as told to Tire Business Staff Reporters on the trade show floor.