MRO Magazine

Smithers Rapra Traction Summit 2016 Dates Announced

December 15, 2015
By Business Wire News


Smithers Rapra is pleased to announce the dates and location for its tire technology conference Traction Summit 2016 ( The international event will take place May 25 – 27 at the Omni Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas. The Traction 2016: Driving the Tire Industry Forward event shines for its ability to leverage Smithers Rapra’s significant rubber testing heritage, market knowledge and industry contacts to unite the entire tire supply chain.

The Traction Summit program, soon to debut, has been crafted to help tire companies and OEMs balance innovation, regulatory requirements and cost concerns with consumer perception and demand. Key conference topics include autonomous vehicles, tire modeling, tire testing, intelligent tires, market trends, and an examination of tire import/export issues.

Curated by an expert Advisory Board, with early sponsorship support from ExxonMobil, the Traction Summit program will offer unparalleled access to industry leaders, invite-only speakers and an attendee roster that is uncommon among the typical tire conference experience. The Board, headed by Dean Tener from Smithers Rapra, includes industry experts Wade Moorfield of CSX Intermodal, Tracy Norberg of the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association, and many others.

“This event is more than a conference,” said conference director Patrick Britton, “it is an opportunity to make real and lasting connections with leaders across tiers in the tire industry.”

In addition to an enlightening program and networking opportunities, Traction Summit 2016 will be co-located with the Smithers Rapra Carbon Black World event. The events will run concurrently May 25 – 27 at the Omni Fort Worth. The co-location with Smithers Rapra’s leading carbon black industry conference was a strategic move to allow event attendees to experience the best of carbon black, tire, rubber, feedstock, production technology and industrywide dynamics at any time, all under one roof. Attendees registered for either conference will have the opportunity to participate in presentations at both, for no additional cost.

About Smithers Rapra
Smithers Rapra is the global leader in rubber, plastics, polymer and composites testing, consulting and information products and events, with key focuses including the tire, industrial, transportation, consumer and medical industries. For more information, visit

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