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The Tire Industry Research website helps visitors to understand the global tire industry. This website looks at the tire industry from a strategic, technical and geographic perspective.

We cover branding, marketing, manufacture, technology and raw materials supply. Where other sites focus on the sales and branding side of the business, Tire Industry Research adds a deep understanding of the supply chain serving the world’s tire industry.

We publish in-depth reports on the global tire industry. We do consulting and strategic guidance. The Capital Markets community seeks us out to help them understand tires and the industries around tires.

We have insights to offer around demand for high-silica compounds, or about legislation in China or the strategic direction of the top tire makers – and many of the smaller ones.

Critically, we are independent of any other influence in the business, so our views are unbiased and honest.

We know that trailer tires are different from drive or steer tires. We understand the difference between a Scandinavian winter tire and an Alpine winter tire. We know why an agricultural tire has to run at low pressure.

We understand the raw materials supply chain, from sulfur to polymers. But we also understand the machines used to process those materials. They range from mixers (Intermeshing, tangential, tandem, continuous and other types) to building machines (one-stage, two-stage and hybrids) as well as curing presses (mechanical, hydraulic, hybrid).

Our researchers can walk through a tire factory and tell an extruder from a mixer. That’s easy. More importantly, when the tour guide points to a triplex extruder and tells us its is a duplex, we can spot the mistake and check with the people who really know.

When an engineer tells us they do not have corrosion on a high-silica mixing line, we can ask the right questions to find out what is really going on.

Tire Industry Research publishes analysis and commentary by our specialised staff. We also give thought leaders in this sector a platform to air their views on the future of the business. We write insightful articles on LinkedIn and we have a Twitter feed @TireIndustry which delivers real-time news about the global tire industry.

Our team is led by David Shaw, acknowledged industry expert with over 25 years’ experience at analysing and commenting on the global tire and rubber industry.

David is also consultant to the Tire Technology Expo conference which takes place in Germany each February. For the last three years has moderated the World Rubber Summit in Singapore. He serves on the Rubber in Engineering Group committee of the Institute of Metals Materials and Mining to develop workshops, conferences and events to serve the rubber industry in the UK. He is also invited to speak in China, Germany, the United States and other countries.

See a list of his recent presentations here