I think the tire industry is going through another major transformation. Since I started analysing this industry in the late 1980s I’ve seen only two or maybe three such large-scale transformations. To give you an idea of the scale of transformation I am talking about, think of the switch from bias-ply to radial construction in
You have probably read about Goodyear’s two main concept tires shown at the Geneva motor show (See images above). They generated a massive amount of publicity in the automotive and general press and on websites around the world. I think this demonstrates – despite widespread opposition to the idea – that many people in the
I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Prasanth Warrier of Rubber Machinery World last week in his Know a Rubber Leader series. The interview is in full on his website, but I thought I’d re-print two of the ten questions he asked me here, as a bit of a teaser for his full article.
The following letter was written by Jan Prins, who is in charge of Tyre CAE & Modelling at Jaguar Land Rover. He has agreed to let me share it with you. Would you be interested in joining a fairly informal (private / co-opted) ‘network’ for discussions on tyre testing and tyre modelling? Those of you