Rolling resistance, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) and tire materials will be among the topics at the 27th annual Clemson University Tire Industry Conference at Hilton Head, April 6-8.
The rolling resistance program will lead off the meeting April 6, moderated by Harvey Brodsky, managing director of the Retread Tire Association. Al Cohn, of Pressure Systems International Inc., will present Effect of Underinflation on Tire Rolling Resistance/Fuel Economy, followed by:
* Where Might We Go and Where We Have Been with Tire Rolling Resistance by James Popio of Smithers Scientific Services;
* Low Rolling Resistance TiresUpdate on EPA SmartWay Verified Tire Program by L. Joseph Bachman, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency;
* Improving Rolling Resistance of Tires with Carbon Black by Wesley Wampler, Sid Richardson Carbon & Energy Co.;
* Summary of Test Development Research for the NHTSA Tire Fuel Efficiency Consumer Information Program by James MacIsaac Jr., National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; and
* Tires and Public Policy: Change, Challenge and Opportunity by Tracey Norberg, Rubber Manufacturers Association.
The Tire Industry Association's (TIA) Kevin Rohlwing will moderate a TPMS session the morning of April 7. Presentations include:
* An Overview of Commercial Truck TPMS: Where It's Been and Where It's Going by Tire Business commercial tire service columnist Peggy J. Fisher of TireStamp Inc.;
* Tire Pressure Systems for Medium and Heavy Duty Commercial Vehicles by Greg Felder of Michelin North America Inc.;
* CMAI Tire Raw Material Cost Index: An Independent View of the Future of Tire Raw Material Costs by Bill Hyde of Chemical Market Associates Inc.;
* Facts vs. Myths about Tire Manufacturing in China by Robert Sherkin of Dynamic Tire Corp.; and
* The 2010 ElectionsWhat It Will Mean to the Tire Industry by Roy Littlefield of TIA.
A luncheon speech on heavy-duty electric vehicles by Jeff Granato of Proterra Inc., will be followed by a session on materials moderated by Michael Wischhusen of Michelin. Topics for the session include:
* Sulfron 3001A Novel Material for Durable and Eco-Friendly Tires by Tony Mathew of Teijin Aramid USA Inc.;
*High Performance Tire Sealants: A Technical Overview by John H. Webb of Multi-Seal Corp.;
* BR and SBR to Meet Current and Future Tire Demand by Judy Douglas of Lanxess Corp.;
* The 'Road to' and the 'Technology of' the Fourth Generation of Run-Flat Tires by Doug Major of Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd.; and
* The State of Tire Repair by TIA's Mr. Rohlwing.
Ms. Fisher will moderate the April 8 session on Facts, which will include:
* Best Practices in Consumer Information Labeling Programs for Tires by Richard Scavuzzo of Goodyear;
* Why Retreading Must Be a Part of Any Total Tire Program, by Mr. Brodsky;
*Consumer Tire Buying HabitsA Review of a Consumer Reports Tire Purchase Poll by Eugene Peterson of Consumers Union;
* One Team, One Planet: Thinking Green for a Better Tomorrow by Robert W. Handlos of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations; and
* Evolution in Steel Cord Reinforcement for Tires by Daniel Salazar of Bekaert Corp.
Registration for the conference is $995 per person. Registration fees and forms may be sent online at www.clemson.edu/success; faxed to 864-656-3997; e-mailed to [email protected]; or call Kay James at 800-258-1017.