The Tire Industry Association's OTR Conference, held Feb. 23-25 in Orlando, set a record in attendance this year with 411 attendees, a 25-percent increase from 2005.
Though the association had anticipated a 2006 conference that would be well attended thanks to continuing OTR tire supply shortages, the group still kept its eye on the future during the Orlando meeting.
In between presentations, TIA handed out surveys to attendees that asked if they would want the 2008 OTR Conference to be held offshore, and if so, where. The choices included Hawaii, both coasts of Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. Roughly 60 percent of dealers chose Hawaii as the 2008 venue, TIA said, and the association will begin making plans for that meeting.
Another TIA survey asked dealers if they would prefer to have a commercial tire conference in conjunction with next year's OTR Conference, which is scheduled for Feb. 22-24 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn resort in San Diego. Results showed a 50/50 split, TIA told Tire Business. However, the association has made no decisions, and the board will review all options when it meets in March, according to Roy Littlefield, TIA's executive vice president.
Mr. Littlefield noted that a combined commercial/OTR conference is one of three options the TIA board is contemplating. He also stressed that any future commercial dealer/retreader meeting will have a different format than the World Tire Expo, which was last held in 2005 in Louisville, Ky.