Bruce Lambillotte, VP of technical consulting at Smithers Rapra, a world leader in rubber, plastics and composites testing expertise, will deliver a presentation on the present and future landscape of lightweighting in light vehicle tires at Tire Technology Expo 2018.
Lambillotte will present ‘Lightweighting in Light Vehicle Tires: A Case Study Approach’ at 09:30hrs on Thursday, 22 February. 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.
As VP 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.