(Akron, OH) – Smithers Rapra, a world leader in rubber, plastics and composites testing expertise, announced today that experts Bruce Lambillotte, vice president of technical consulting, Dean Tener, business development manager, and Gary Crutchley, lead consultant, will deliver presentations on current trends and the future of tire design at the Tire Technology Expo 2017 in Hanover, Germany February 14-16.
Lambillotte will present “Trends and Techniques for Lightweighting in Passenger Tires.” The presentation is a summary of a study that was conducted by Smithers Rapra to understand lightweighting trends in passenger tires with the objectives of identifying:
- Whole tire vs. individual component perspectives
- Target tire components for weight reduction
- Component volume vs. density trade-offs
- Weight reductions: rubber components vs. reinforcements
Tener’s presentation will cover an extensive analysis of autonomous vehicle market trends, forecasts for their use and a variety of potential considerations for how the design and selection of tires can impact self-driving vehicles. Trend data will be shared from Smithers Rapra’s latest market report, “The Future of Autonomous Vehicles and the Impact on Tire Markets to 2026.” He will also review how drivetrains, driver responses and vehicle performance attributes will change, affecting how the tire value chain designs tires for the realities of autonomous driving.
Crutchley will deliver insight on the prospective role of intelligent tires as it provides tire-road information for vehicle control systems, such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). He will also discuss how intelligent tire technology will impact intelligent transportation networks and autonomous driving systems, while giving an overview of key market trends and technology developments driving the adoption of intelligent tires to 2025.
“Tire Technology Expo is a premier international tire event, and we are proud to provide our perspectives to such an accomplished group of tire industry professionals,” said James Popio, Vice President, North America, Smithers Rapra. “As vehicles evolve towards higher fuel efficiency and autonomous driving technologies, our industry will need to continue to adapt to new realities. These presentations will cover several trends that we feel are important to the future of tire development.”
The Tire Technology Expo brings together a wide range of global industry professionals in various disciplines to share new technologies, scientific findings and thoughts on the industry as a whole. This year’s expo will feature two complete conference programs and five educational courses, along with exhibits from the top names in tire manufacturing and testing. In addition to expert presentations, Smithers Rapra will also exhibit at the Expo in Booth 3072.
As vice president of technical consulting for Smithers Rapra, Lambillotte is responsible for product and process-specific technical consulting activities involving a wide variety of polymer products. These activities include performance analyses, formula reconstructions, failure mode analyses and product development challenges.
As the Business Development Manager for Smithers Rapra’s tire and wheel testing services, Tener provides clients with extensive technical expertise in Force and Moment (F&M), Plysteer Residual Aligning Torque (PRAT) testing, tire modelling, endurance and other tire testing techniques. Tener has over 30 years of experience in the research, design and testing sectors of the automotive industry.
In his role as lead consultant, Crutchley specializes in failure diagnosis, material selection, process support, development, training and expert witness services for clients across several industries. He has over 24 years of experience in working with rubber materials, spending over 17 years developing rubber compound formulations and cord reinforcing materials for high performance tires.
Smithers Rapra operates laboratories in North America, Europe and China, covering a wide variety of testing and consulting services from material chemistry and product durability testing, to tire, wheel and winter testing. Smithers’ global network of ISO 17025 accredited tire test laboratories perform a wide variety of SAE, ASTM, ISO, UNECE and EC tests supporting raw material suppliers, tire manufacturers and automotive OEMs. For more information about Smithers Rapra visit www.smithersrapra.com.
About Smithers Rapra
Smithers Rapra has been a trusted partner of the plastics and rubber industries for over 90 years. Our business is built around delivering a complete portfolio of rubber and plastic testing services to support a wide range of industry sectors including tire, automotive, polymer products, oil and gas, medical device, pharmaceutical, transport, packaging, industrial, and consumer products. By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers’ goal is to add value throughout the life cycle of our clients’ products. Please visit www.smithersrapra.com.
About The Smithers Group
Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, The Smithers Group includes Smithers Apex, Smithers Avanza, Smithers Pira, Smithers Quality Assessments, Smithers Rapra, and Smithers Visicient. Each Smithers Group company provides technology-based services focused on a defined market. As a group, the diversity of market sectors and technologies provides stability and a platform for long-term growth. By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers’ goal is to add value throughout the life cycle of our clients’ products, by utilizing testing, consulting, information, and compliance services. All Smithers companies are known by their clients as Trusted Providers of Innovative Solutions. For more information, visit www.smithers.com.
You can reach the Smithers Rapra North America office at:
425 West Market Street
Akron, Ohio 44303
“As vehicles evolve towards higher fuel efficiency and autonomous driving technologies, our industry will need to continue to adapt to new realities. These presentations will cover several trends that we feel are important to the future of tire development.”