LAS VEGAS — The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is planning a series of special events next year — including an international industry issues summit during the 2020 SEMA Show — to help mark its centennial year.
TIA is planning to hold the issues summit — which is expected to include participation by leading tire makers, international industry trade groups and other industry influencers — on the Wednesday of the SEMA Show, TIA CEO Roy Littlefield said at press conference held Nov. 6 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
The 2020 SEMA Show, which includes the Global Tire Expo powered by TIA, is scheduled to run Nov. 3-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Other special events TIA is planning include a global environmental conference that's tentatively scheduled for April in Washington D.C., Mr. Littlefield said, and will focus on issues impacting the tire industry as well as the industry's impact on the environment, such as effective end-uses for scrap tires.
The conference coincides with the revival of TIA's Environmental Advisory Council (EAC), a body of industry experts from various disciplines tasked with promoting environmental awareness, economic viability and sustainable best practices for every aspect of the tire and rubber industry.
Dick Gust, president of national account sales for Liberty Tire Recycling and a former TIA president, chairs the EAC.
The environmental summit will coincide with TIA's annual Lobby Day, when TIA organizes visits with key members of the U.S. Congress to discuss issues affecting the industry.
These events are in addition to TIA's regular yearly events, such as the Off-The-Road Tire Conference, scheduled for Feb. 19-22 in Palm Springs, Calif.