International VDI Conference - EUROTYRE

International Conference: EUROTYRE 2018

Be there when international experts and tyre industry professionals meet in Brussels on September 25 and 26, 2018 at the international VDI EUROTYRE Conference to discover and discuss the latest trends and future developments in the tyre industry. The conference brings together leading technical experts from tyre and automotive OEMs with leading suppliers, research institutes, public administration and regulatory agencies.

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The world of mobility is undergoing unprecedented change at the moment. From connectivity, automation and alternative modes of transportation to new mobility services, the sector is in a period of upheaval. Thriving for sustainability and lower emissions the legislators are essentially impacting this ecosystem. Keeping pace with these developments is imperative for OEMs, tyre manufacturers and suppliers if they are to position their business successfully for the future.

The 3rd international VDI EUROTYRE Conference will offer a platform for technical experts from tyre and automotive OEMs, leading suppliers and research institutes, public administration and regulatory agencies to discuss how regulation and consumer demands will influence tyres and mobility in the future.

This conference was developed by senior representatives from leading European vehicle and tyre companies, which makes the presentations all the more relevant to professionals in the sector and  essential for all those who want to be on the right track for the future of tyre Technology.

Topics of the "EUROTYRE 2018" Conference

You will be able to meet experts from companies such as Goodyear, Michelin, Pirelli, Bridgestone, Audi, Ford and many others  to discuss the following topics:

  • EU Legislation scenarios and its Effects upon the Tyre Industry
  • Future Mobility Trends: Electro Mobility, autonomous Driving, Fleets and Car Sharingand their Impact on Tyres
    Sensors and Connectivity for Passenger and Commercial Vehicles
  • Emissions and Safety
  • Circular Economy and the Environment

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September 25, 2018


Registration & welcome coffee


Chair’s welcome and opening address
Conference chair: Henk van Tuyl,
Director for Strategic Product and Technology Initiatives, GOODYEAR Innovation Center, Luxembourg

I. Future Mobility


Future Mobility – Existing Trends and Innovation impacting the Automotive and Tyre Industy

  • How might the future of transport and mobility look like?
  • Automated and autonomous vehicles and their implications
  • Shared mobility changing traffic?
  • The current role of electric vehicles in mobility scenarios

Dr. Tom Voege, Policy Analyst, International Transport Forum, OECD, France


OEM Perspective on Future Mobility and new Challanges for Tyre Development

  • Possible scenarios of future mobility from an OEM‘s perspective
  • What will be expected from tyre manufacturers in the future
  • Key requirements for future tyres and how they affect the tyre development process
  • The role of tyres in new drivetrain concepts

Sebastiaan van Putten, Development Engineer - Architect Suspension Characteristics, AUDI AG, Germany


The Revision of the EU Tyre Labelling Scheme

  • Updating the existing energy label for tyres (Tyre Labelling Regulation (EC) 1222/2009) as part of the third Mobility Package
  • Reducing climate impact from transport - Decreasing rolling resistance for increasing fuel efficiency and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Enabling consumers to make the best choice from energy efficiency and financial perspective
  • Establishing and reinforcing the framework for the provision of harmonized information on important tyre features through labelling
  • Proposed amendments for the existing regulation

Juan Moreno Acedo, Policy officer, Unit C.3 - Energy Efficiency, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission, Belgium


Panel Discussion: Autonomous Driving and Electric Vehicles and their Impact on Tyres


  • Dr. Boris Mergell, Senior Vice President Research & Development Passenger and Light Truck Tires, Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH
  • Dr. Sebastiaan van Putten, Development Engineer - Architect Suspension Characteristics, AUDI AG
  • Edwin van der Stad, Head of OEMs Advanced Technologies & Solutions and Head of Public Affairs and S&R – Central Europe, Bridgestone EMEA
  • Henk van Tuyl, Director for Strategic Product and Technology Initiatives, GOODYEAR Innovation Center
  • Dr. Tom Voege, Policy Analyst, International Transport Forum, OECD

Moderator: David Shaw, CEO, Tire Industry Research, United Kingdom




Objective Road Classification using LiDAR – Ford Use Case

  • Road as input for vehicle design
  • Rapid Road Measurement System and Road Classification
  • Challenges and key improvements
  • Next steps

Kris De Meester, Vice President Business Development, XENOMATIX, Belgium


Commercial Fleet Management – A Fleet Perspective on Tyres

  • The impact of the digitalization on fleet management
  • The role of tyres from a fleet management perspective
  • What is expected from future tyres and tyre manufacturers?

Speaker to be confirmed

 II. Innovative Tyre Technology Session


Hear about latest tyre technologies in several short presentations and discuss the presented technologies in a a subsequent Round Table Poster Session with the speakers. As example, the following topics will be included:

  • The Bridgestone Airless Bicycle Tire - Edwin van der Stad, Bridgestone
  • ContiSense and ContiAdapt - Dr. Andreas Topp, Continental
  • Pirelli High Value Tyre Technology (noise, canceling, seal and self-supportin Technology) - Norbert Allgäuer-Wiederhold, Pirelli

Networking & coffee break

 III. Start-up Session


Get in touch with interesting start-ups! You are interested in a new industry collaboration? You are looking for innovative technologies and solutions? Then join our interactive start-up session. Listen to carefully selected start-ups presenting their ideas in a few minutes. Select the start-up you want to meet and discuss your questions with them directly in a subsequent Round Table Session. Network, have coffee and brainstorm about new ideas!


End of conference day one


At the end of the first conference day we kindly invite you to use the relaxed and informal atmosphere for in-depth conversations with other participants and speakers.

September 26, 2018

IV. Connected Tyres


Monitoring the Wheels’ Functions and their Environment

  • iTPMS - The foundation
  • From noise to signal I: Detection of loose wheels
  • From noise to signal II: Estimation of road-tire friction
  • Connected Functions: Road Surface Information
  • Outlook & Vision

Jörg Sturmhoebel, M&S Vehicle Onboard Analytics, Legislations, Nira Dynamics, Sweden


ETRTO Tire Identification Solution and Progress Update

  • RFID functions and benefits
  • ISO standard progress
  • Information management
  • Solution deployment

Claire Fioretti, Head of Standards & Regulations for connected mobility, MICHELIN, France


Networking & coffee break

V. Emissions and Safety


Labelling Road Surfaces - Experiences from the Netherlands

  • Why road surface labels?
  • Relation to existing labels for tyres
  • Methodology and measurement methods
  • Implementation of road surface labels
  • Experiences and further actions

Prof. Dr. Dik Schipper, Faculty of Engineering Technology,University of Twente, the Netherlands


Safety on wet Road: The Two Tire Mechanisms

  • Wet braking
  • Worn tires
  • Hydroplaning and safety

Violaine Todoroff Ph.D., Research Engineer, co-author: Frederic Biesse, Tire Performance Analysis Expert, both: Manufacture Française des Pneumatiques MICHELIN, France


Tyres Rolling Resistance and Future Saving Potential

  • Where we come from and where we go
  • What´s new?
  • New target conflicts coming up

Stephen Stumpf, Project Engineer, Tyre Development and Predevelopment, Pirelli Deutschland GmbH, Germany



VI. Sustainability and the Circular Economy


Innovative Tire Technology to support a Sustainable Environment

  • Unique technology to significantly reduce tire weight
  • Reduction of material usage supporting the approach towards a sustainable society
  • Lower tire weight improving rolling resistance and vehicle CO2 emission

Emilio Tibero, Vice President R&D Bridgestone EMEA, Bridgestone Europe NV/SA Italian Branch, Italy


Advancing Sustainability in Materials associated with Tyre Making and Use - Update on TIP’s Work Program

  • Environmental KPI’s
  • Product Category Rules (PCR)
  • Materials and tyre and road wear particles (TRWP)
  • End of Life of Tyres

Anne-Cecile Remont, Managing Director, Tire Industry Project (TIP), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Switzerland


Outlook on Global Market

  • Vehicle sales and OE tyre sales
  • Vehicle parc (vehicles in use) and replacement tyre sales
  • The importance of trade and increasing use of tariffs
  • Outlook for tyre production

Robert Simmons, Director Tyre and Rubber Research, LMC, United Kingdom


Conference chair’s closing remarks


End of Conference

Who is this conference for?

The international VDI EUROTYRE conference is ideal for managers and technical experts from tyre manufacturers, automotive OEMs, suppliers of tyre materials, technical research as well as public administration and regulation agencies. It is also of interest to experts working in the fields of tyre design, materials, testing and tyre certification.

Embrace the future of mobility

Do you want to get together and discuss future trends with leading experts from OEMs, tyre manufacturers and suppliers? Are you interested in changes in mobility and consumer demands? Do you want to find out about how new technologies, such as e-mobility, autonomous driving and connectivity will influence tyres and regulation? Then book your space at the international VDI EUROTYRE conference now.

Advisory Board

Dr. Keizo Akutagawa Bridgestone Corporation Tire Materials Development / Tokyo

Dipl.-Ing. (FH), Dipl. Wirtsch. Ing. (FH), SFI Norbert Allgäuer-Wiederhold Pirelli Deutschland GmbH / München

David Anckaert Goodyear Dunlop Tires Germany GmbH / Hanau

Arne Heyden Ford-Werke GmbH / Köln

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

Frank Lueckgen Arlanxeo Switzerland S.A. / Granges-Paccot

Bill Parsons Jaguar Land Rover Limited / Coventry

Ralf Schweizer Audi AG / Ingolstadt

David Shaw Tire Industry Research / Wallington, Surrey

Dr. Marco Spinetto Pirelli Tyre SpA / Milano

Dipl.-Ing. Edwin van Stad Bridgestone EMEA GmbH / Bad Homburg

Dr. Andreas Topp Continental AG / Hannover

Henk Tuyl Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations SA EMEA / Colmar-Berg

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

Maarten van der Made VMI Holland BV / Epe

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