Speaker Interviews

Discover more about the topics and technologies to be discussed at this year's conference, via a series of exclusive interviews with a selection of our expert speakers


Coping with change: Meeting future mobility challenges

Eduardo Minardi, founder, Minardi Global, offers advice on how the industry should adapt in response to a future mobility vision very different from today.

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Is it time to take the air out of tires?

Cyrille Roget, technical and scientific communication director, Michelin Group, on the company’s new UPTIS puncture-proof airless prototype.

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The role of intelligent tires in future mobility and transportation

Dr Hans R. Dorfi, director, digital engineering, Americas Technical Center, Bridgestone Americas, says it's time the market considered the full value proposition of intelligent tires.

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The tire materials of the future

Gert Heinrich, senior professor at Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden, TU Dresden, introduces two new materials: Mechano-adaptive rubbers, and a more affordable precursor for carbon fiber tire reinforcement.

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Is the Velcro concept feasible for an alternative silica/polymer coupling?

Dr Anke Blume, professor of elastomer technology and engineering at the University of Twente, provides a progress update on the new silica/polymer coupling concept that she presented at last year’s conference.

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Real-time thermodynamic simulation of tires

Flavio Farroni, CEO and co-founder of MegaRide, introduces the startup’s simulation technology and explains how its thermodynamic tire model can provide a wealth of previously invisible data to vehicle and tire manufacturers, as well as race teams, ADAS developers and more.

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The relationship between the road surface and rolling resistance

The rolling resistance of tires is a hot topic, but how does the road surface enter into the equation? Judith Bertomeu’s research team at Applus IDIADA investigated how a road’s texture, friction and profile affect rolling resistance.

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Extending the life of curing bladders

It’s high time castor oil was replaced as the plasticizer of choice for tire curing bladders, says Dr Volker Börger, head of chemistry and technology at Schill+Seilacher ‘Struktol’.

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China’s tire industry

Chinese tire makers may soon genuinely trouble the establishment, as they restructure and step up their R&D game, according to David Shaw, CEO of Tire Industry Research and expert on China’s tire industry.

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A software tool for predicting skid resistance

Dr Malal Kane introduces IFSTTAR’s software tool that predicts the skid resistance of a tire on a given road surface.

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