LAS VEGASThe Tire Industry Association (TIA) plans to organize a retreading symposium next November in Las Vegas during the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show.
The inaugural Global Retread Symposium will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 4 during the Global Tire Expo Powered by TIA at the Las Vegas Convention Center. TIA said the event will be cosponsored by the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau (TRIB).
Our goal is to gather retread associations from around the world to discuss issues that cross international boundaries and impact the industry as a whole, said TIA President Freda Pratt-Boyer.
The purpose of the symposium will be to discuss:
c International issues such as taxes, regulations, restrictions, and noise control;
c Safety standards on truck tire retreads;
c New tire issues that affect retreads; and
c Passenger retreading.
Although details of the event are still being formulated at this time, we have reached out to a number of retread groups across the globe about their participation and the interest level is very strong, said TIA Executive Vice President Roy Littlefield.
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In other news from the Bowie, Md.-based trade group, TIA said it is accepting pre-orders for its latest TPMS (tire pressure monitoring systems) Relearn Chart, which contains descriptions of tire pressure monitoring systems on domestic and import vehicles from model years 2008 to 2014.
The relearn chart is a quick and comprehensive reference guide for technicians to consult in servicing most vehicles equipped with TPMS, TIA said. The chart is divided into domestic and import vehicle sections and includes relearn requirements and summaries, OE sensor part numbers and replacement sensor and service pack part numbers for Schrader International, Dill Air Controls Products, Myers Tire Supply, Group 31 Inc./ Xtra-Seal, Continental/VDO and NAPA TPMS, according to TIA.
The latest version of the chart contains:
c TIA Troubleshooting Tips to help technicians when relearns are not working;
c Revised relearn summaries to make them easier to understand;
c Addition of domestic and import vehicles through model year 2013;
c New pictures and part numbers for common multi-format/programmable sensors; and
c A new valve reference page with pictures and part numbers of the various TPMS valves.
TIA displayed a few sample copies of the Relearn Chart at its booth at the Global Tire Expo in Las Vegas Nov. 4-7, where it was accepting pre-orders. The association said it will ship the chart free within the U.S. to businesses that pre-ordered it at the expo.
The chart also can be pre-ordered by contacting TIA Director of Training Chris Hoogenboom at [email protected] or call 800-876-8372 ext. 106.
During the Global Tire Expo, TIA and Michelin North America Inc. named three recent high school graduateswhose parents work at TIA member companiesto receive their jointly sponsored scholarships for the 2014-15 academic school year.
The winners were recognized at the Tire Industry Honors Awards Ceremony held Nov. 3 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.
The students selectedAlexa Swingle of Omaha, Neb.; Zachary Taylor of Mt. Olive, Ill.; and Kaitlyn Wade of Stevensville, Mich.will share $6,250 to be used toward their college education.
The students were selected for their academic and extracurricular achievements, TIA said. Each winner cited the importance of this scholarship in helping to cover the costs of their continued education. With the cost of higher education continuing to increase, we know how important these scholarships are to the recipients.
TIA is pleased to work alongside Michelin again this year to sponsor this program, said TIA's Mr. Littlefield. Michelin and TIA have awarded scholarships to part-time employees or dependent children of full-time employees of TIA member tire deal- ers every year since 2000.
Since its inception, the partners have awarded more than $250,000 to 49 recipients who have gone on to attend accredited two-year, four-year, technical or vocational schools. Once awarded, the recipients may renew the scholarship for up to three more years.
Ms. Swingle graduated from Millard West High School and is the daughter of Halsey Swingle of TCi L.L.C. in Columbia, S.C. She attends the University of South Carolina and plans a career as a pharmacist at a children's hospital.
Mr. Taylor is a recent graduate of Gillespie High School and is the son of Michael Taylor of Taylor Tire & Auto Inc. in Litchfield, Ill. He's attending Upper Iowa University and studies criminal justice. He hopes to become a state trooper and eventually a member of the FBI, TIA said.
Ms. Wade graduated from Lake-shore High School and attends Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. She is the daughter of Mark Wade of M&W Tire in Benton Harbor, Mich.