Smithers Rapra expert to speak at Tire Technology Expo 2018

Also at Tire Tech 2018: Smithers Rapra among finalists for Tire Industry Supplier of the Year Award to be presented at the Expo

Smithers Rapra, a world leader in rubber, plastics and composites testing expertise, announced today that Bruce Lambillotte, Vice President of Technical Consulting, will deliver a presentation on the present and future landscape of lightweighting in truck tires at the Tire Technology Expo 2018 in Hannover, Germany, February 20-22.

Lambillotte will present “Lightweighting in Light Vehicle Tires: A Case Study Approach” at 9:30 am on February 22. The presentation will cover a study conducted by Smithers that focused on specific tire construction trends related to lightweighting, including:

  • Whole tire vs. individual component perspectives
  • Target tire components for weight reduction
  • Weight reductions: rubber components vs. reinforcements

“It is always an honor for our experts to present at Tire Technology Expo, and this year’s conference is a great opportunity for us to showcase the work we do for our clients,” said Dr. Jim Popio, Vice President, North America, Smithers Rapra. “Bruce has incredible tire acumen and many years of experience. His presentation on lightweighting trends in truck tires will provide insight into how global tire manufacturers are adjusting tire constructions to support fuel efficiency and truck design goals.”

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 a conference program that spans three days, including dozens of expert presentations, six educational courses, and exhibits from over 290 of the top names in tire manufacturing and testing. In addition to Lambillotte’s presentation, Smithers Rapra is a finalist in the Supplier of the Year category of the 2018 Tire Tech Awards, which will be presented at the Expo. Smithers will exhibit at Booth 2012 in the expo hall.

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 rubber and polymer products. These activities include performance analyses, formula reconstructions, product damage analyses, and product development challenges.

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

About Smithers Rapra

Smithers Rapra has been a trusted partner of the rubber and plastics 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 adds value throughout the life cycle of our clients’ products. Please visit

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 Viscient. 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 lifecycle 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

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Telephone: 330-762-7441