Eurotyre 2016

  • Hear presentations with high relevance for the tyre industry, selected by top-class experts from the field.
  • Learn which trends impact the tyre industry today and which you could influence in the future.
  • Exchange ideas with international experts.
International Conference: Eurotyre 2016

Be there when experts and tyre industry professionals meet at the "Eurotyre 2016" VDI Technical Conference. Learn first-hand what trends and developments currently define the industry and which will define it in the future. The topics which include mobility and material trends, environment and sustainability, tyre and road solutions and improved performance through testing and modelling will play a special role here.

Trends and challenges in the tyre industry

The breakthrough of new connectivity technologies as well as new types of transport and services have changed the entire automotive industry. The tyre industry is also affected by these developments. The networked end users, OEMs and road technology are changing the tyre industry from the "go-to-market" strategy to the tyre solution. Tyres must be optimised with regard to the new requirements arising from these trends.

Meet technical experts from tyre and automotive OEMs, leading suppliers, research institutes, public administration and supervisory authorities at the international "Eurotyre 2016" VDI Conference. Listen to what trends and developments exist in the tyre sector and how you can master current challenges.

Your benefits

  • Hear presentations with high relevance for the tyre industry, selected by top-class experts from the field.
  • Learn which trends impact the tyre industry today and which you could influence in the future.
  • Exchange ideas with international experts.

Topics of the "Eurotyre 2016" Conference

The conference offers numerous presentations by internationally recognised experts on the following topics:

  • global legislation and the tyre industry
  • future mobility trends
  • tyre sensors and connectivity for passenger and commercial vehicles
  • trends and innovations in tyre design and material
  • new results in the field of temporary spare tyres, rolling resistance and rubberised asphalt concrete
  • current trends and performance optimisation from the perspective of OEMs

We would like to invite you to an evening reception in the centre of Düsseldorf on the first evening of the conference. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet other participants and speakers, exchange ideas and make new contacts in an informal atmosphere.

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Program of the Conference

Mittwoch, 9. November


Registration & welcome coffee


Welcome and reading of Agreement on Compliance Rules


Chair’s welcome and opening address


The Future of Mobility

  • Global challenges and trends
  • “Ford Smart Mobility”: The plan to become an auto and a mobility company
  • Connectivity and Big Data
  • Mobility schemes and Autonomous Driving
  • Customer relationship: “Ford Pass”

Prof. Dr. Ing. Pim van der Jagt, Executive Technical Leader, Research & Advanced Engineering, Ford Werke GmbH, Germany


Global Regulatory Scenario

  • Regulations on raw materials
  • Tyre performances (thresholds) and consumer information (labelling)
  • Health, safety and environment
  • Other regulations related to or impacting on tyres

Marco Spinetto, Head of Project Management & Regulations, Research & Development, Pirelli Tyre S.p.A., Italy

I. Answers to Future Trends


Intelligent Tyres for Passenger Cars

  • General concepts of tyre attached sensors
  • Integration with the vehicle
  • Future roadmap

James Euchner, MBA, Vice President Global Innovation, Research & Development, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, USA


cTyre Sensors and Connectivity for Commercial Vehicles

  • Sensors on tyres – Enabler for optimal tyre handling
  • Connected Systems – Making information available
  • Future Technologies – Outlook

Dr. Jörg Lehmann, Head of Advanced Tires & Systems, Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH, Germany


Lunch & exhibition visit


Digital Transformation of the Tyre Industry

  • How can we define formally Digital Transformation?
  • What insights does this provide in the domains of sales, marketing and new business models?
  • How fast is Digital Transformation impacting the tyre industry?
    What has already happened?
  • How did Digital Transformation impact other industries?
    What will be transferable?

Alain Waha, CEO, Azimute Ltd., United Kingdom


Extended Mobility: General Concepts and Markets

  • Concepts – Current status
  • View of different OEMs
  • Opinion of media
  • View of leasing companies
  • Outlook

Dr. Kurt Uihlein, Director, Marketing & Development, Co-author: Brun Jelsma, Cordenka GmbH & Co. KG, Germany

II. Latest Material Trends


Material Modelling in Tyre Simulation – Rolling Resistance and Temperature Development

  • Finite element tyre simulation
  • Viscoelastic material features
  • Temperature distribution
  • Steady state rolling
  • Thermo-mechanically coupled simulation

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Michael Kaliske, Head of Institute, Institute for Structural Analysis, Technical University Dresden, Germany


Coffee break & exhibition visit


General Requirements from Tyre Manufactures to Material Suppliers

  • Needs of Tyre Manufacturers
  • What do tyre manufacturers expect from material suppliers?
  • Future requirements for tyre materials – general aspects

Thomas Hanel, Head of Material Development, Pirelli Tyre S.p.A., Italy


Tyre Materials Design Over the Next Decade

  • Rubber material developments on tyres
  • Nano scale materials design technology
  • Nano scale visualization methods such as electron tomography and atomic force microscopy
  • Nano scale finite element analysis

Raffaele di Ronza, Manager, Tire Materials Development, Bridgestone Technical Center Europe, Italy, co-author: Keizo Akutagawa, Ph.D., Fellow General Manager, Central Research Division, Bridgestone Corporation, Japan


Challenges and Potential for New Tyre Materials

  • Polymer, carbon black and silica
  • Hybrid filler systems
  • Carbon nanotubes and graphenes
  • Composites, reinforcement and additives

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Giese, Managing Director, German Institute of Rubber Technology (DIK) e.V., Germany


Chair’s remarks


End of conference day one

Get together

Evening reception at the end of the first conference day for a get together with other participants and Speakers.

Donnerstag, 10. November

III. Environment and Sustainability


Impact of Tyre Characteristics on Vehicle Efficiency and Performance (tbd)

  • Upcoming vehicle efficiency regulation
  • FCA vehicles tyre rolling resistance improvement trend
  • Impact of tyre rolling resistance on NEDC and WLTP homologation driving cycles
  • Tyre rolling resistance versus dry and wet braking and handling
  • Tyre rolling resistance versus noise

Luigi Orofino, Senior Manager, Product Development Vehicle Integration & Validation – Performance, Fuel Consumption, Driveability & Shiftability, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Italy


Materials associated with Tyre Making/Use and the Environment

  • The Tyre Industry Project (TIP)
  • Manufacturing: Environmental and health impact evaluation of materials and substances used in the manufacturing of tyres
  • Usage: Environmental and health impact assessment of the use of tyres in operations
  • End of Life of Tyres

Philippe Fonta, Managing Director, Tire Industry Project (TIP), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Switzerland


Coffee break & exhibition visit

IV. Testing and Modelling for Performance Optimization


The use of Tyre Modelling in Development from the Perspective of a Premium Vehicle Manufacturer

  • Tyre development
  • Tyre modelling
  • Vehicle OEM

Roger Chamberlain, Subject Matter Expert, Tyre Development, Jaguar Land Rover Ltd., United Kingdom


The Virtual Tyre

  • Role of the virtual tyre in vehicle dynamics and in the CAE process chain
  • Requirements and challenges of a virtual tyre software
  • Feasible, reliable, robust, and affordable data supply methods
  • State-of-the-art demonstration using FTire

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Gipser, Co-Owner and Partner, cosin scientific software, Germany


Lunch & exhibition visit

V. Tyre and Road Solutions


Highest Tyre Safety for everybody – Run-Flat-Technology

  • The tyre as first line safety System
  • Bridgestone DriveGuard – A touring tyre offering additional safety Features
  • Perfecting Run-Flat-Technology: First full line of touring tyres with run-flat capabilities which can be applied to any passenger car
  • Demand for an aftermarket tyre with run-flat capabilities
  • Target group

Jérôme Boulet, Director, Product Category Management, Consumer Business Unit, Bridgestone Europe NV/SA, Belgium


Impact of Tyre Rolling Resistance on Fuel Consumption: Current Status and Perspectives

  • Tyre rolling resistance and fuel consumption link – Theoretical approach
  • Rolling resistance and fuel consumption measurements
  • Measurement and theory comparison

Eric Mallet, Tire Performance Analyst, Research & Development, Manufacture Française des Pneumatiques Michelin, France


Rubberized Asphalt Concrete: A Durable and Quiet Alternative to Traditional Paving Material

  • Tyre recycled rubber
  • Rubberized asphalt concrete
  • External rolling noise
  • Sustainability
  • Cost effective recycling

Daniele Fornai, M. Chem., R&D Manager, Technical Department, Ecopneus ScpA, Italy


Chair’s closing remarks


End of conference

Who is the conference for?

The conference aims at executives and technical specialists of the tyre and automobile manufacturers, as well as suppliers of tyre material. People from the technical research and public administration and supervisory authorities are also addressed. In addition, the conference also aims at professionals who work in the area of tyre design, design processes for tyres, tyre materials, tyre testing and tyre certification and who would like to discuss current trends.

Conference management and speakers

The conference program was developed by experienced representatives from the automotive and tyre industry. The conference will be led by David Anckaert, General Director of the Goodyear Dunlop Development Center Hanau.

Keynote speakers of the event are:

  • Pim van der Jagt, Executive Technical Leader, Ford Research & Advanced Engineering
  • Marco Spinetto, Head of Project Management & Regulations, Research & Development, Pirelli

Also hear presentations by experts from well-known companies and institutions such as:

  • Bridgestone
  • Continental
  • Cordenka
  • Ecopneus
  • Ford
  • German Institute of Rubber Technology
  • Goodyear
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Michelin
  • Pirelli
  • Technical University Dresden

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Would you like to meet international experts from the tyre industry and learn which trends and developments will move the industry in the next few years? Then secure your ticket for the "Eurotyre 2016" now. Book the conference together with our workshop "Tyre industry and Asia" and take advantage of the discounted price.

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Global Trends in the Tire Industry from the Material Supplier’s Perspective
Author : Dr. Thomas Gross, LANXESS Deutschland GmbH

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Advisory Board

Keizo Akutagawa Bridgestone Corporation Tire Materials Development / Tokyo

David Anckaert Goodyear Dunlop Tires Germany GmbH / Hanau

Dipl.-Ing. Carsten Boltze Apollo Tyres Global R&D B.V. / Enschede

Stefan Fischer Giti Tire Deutschland GmbH / Hannover

Dipl.-Ing. Hans-Rudolf Hein Bridgestone Europe NV/SA / Zaventem

Ralf Irmert Trinseo Deutschland GmbH / Merseburg

Jean-Pierre Jeusette Goodyear Innovation Center Luxembourg (GIC*L) / Colmar-Berg

Univ.-Prof. Michael Kaliske Fakultät Bauingenieurwesen Technische Universität Dresden / Dresden

Christoph Kalla LANXESS International SA / Granges-Paccot

Dr.-Ing. Günter Leister Daimler AG / Sindelfingen

Dipl.-Ing. Gerd Lindemann Michelin Reifenwerke AG & Co KGaA / Karlsruhe

Bill Parsons Jaguar Land Rover Limited / Whitley, Coventry

Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Ritter Ford Werke GmbH / Köln

David Shaw Tire Industry Research / Wallington, Surrey

Marco Spinetto Pirelli Tyre SpA / Milano

Dr. Andreas Topp Continental AG / Hannover

Dr. Kurt Uihlein Cordenka GmbH & Co. KG / Obernburg

Dipl.-Ing. Victor Underberg Audi AG / Ingolstadt

Maarten van der Made VMI Holland BV / Epe

Eventnumber : 01KO908

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