TIA to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of its Global Tire Expo

Lori L. Mavrigian
Posted on September 12, 2017

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is holding its 20th Global Tire Expo – Powered by TIA this year, again as part of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. It will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Tuesday through Friday, Oct. 31 – Nov. 3.

TIA will be hosting its pre-show special events including a cocktail hour, the Tire Industry Honors awards ceremony, and the TIA welcome reception on Monday, Oct. 30. “The Tire Industry Association is excited to join SEMA for the 20th anniversary of the Global Tire Expo (GTE) in Las Vegas,” says Roy Littlefield, executive vice president, TIA. “The staff at TIA is looking forward to introducing some exciting new educational session this year that touch on important topics from addressing the biggest challenges for technicians to driving the millennial consumer to your business.

“We also invite participants to join our 2017 Legislative Review that will address the White House administration’s impact on the current state of the tire industry,” Littlefield adds. “We hope that everyone will take advantage of all the resources and opportunities that GTE and TIA has to offer, and be sure to visit our booth #40069.” Here is a schedule of events.


8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

TIA board meeting continental breakfast: Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

TIA board of directors meeting: Bally’s

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tread Rubber & Tire Repair Materials Manufacturers Group, (TRMG) meeting: Bally’s

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

TIA executives’ meeting: Bally’s

12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Annual membership meeting (open to all members): Bally’s

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

TIA appreciation lunch with state and provincial association executives (by invitation only): Bally’s

2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Tire Retread Information Bureau (TRIB) meeting: Bally’s

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Cocktail hour (open to all members): Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Tire Industry Honors awards ceremony: Paris, (ticketed event — open to all members and show attendees)

8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Welcome reception: Paris, (ticketed event — open to all members and show attendees)


9:a.m. – 5 p.m.

Global Tire Expo – Powered by TIA/SEMA Show: Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

TPMS at 10 — Next generation of TPMS tools: Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Truck Tires at 10 — Jacking and lifting trucks and trailers: Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

TIA past presidents’ luncheon: Las Vegas Country Club

2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tires at 2 — Successful tire dealers share their secrets: Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall


9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Global Tire Expo – Powered by TIA/SEMA Show: Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Automotive Tire Service (ATS) at 10 —The art of balancing: Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Truck Tires at 10 — Truck tire service after 7 years of CSA: Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

TIA’s 2017 Legislative Review — How has President Trump and the Republicans in Congress impacted the tire industry?: Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Management at 2 — Growing your tire business in the millennial age: Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall


9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Global Tire Expo – Powered by TIA/SEMA Show: Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall


9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Global Tire Expo – Powered by TIA/SEMA Show: Las Vegas Convention Center – South Hall

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Legends to rock the SEMA Show

Running concurrently with the GTE is the SEMA Show, which drew 70,000 domestic and international buyers in 2016. It will offer displays in 12 sections and have a New Products Showcase featuring 3,000 newly introduced parts, tools and components. It also will have educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events and networking opportunities.

Plus, SEMA has lined up legendary musicians Jimmie Vaughan, Billy F Gibbons, Jeff Beck and Michael Anthony to be the featured entertainment at the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet, Thursday, Nov. 2. Tickets are available exclusively to SEMA show goers at

“This is an extremely exciting opportunity to see four legendary musicians who are all ‘car guys’ play together at the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet,” says Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO.

The banquet includes the announcement of the SEMA Person of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year, WD of the Year, Manufacturers’ Rep Agency of the Year, and Gen III of the Year and tributes to this year’s SEMA Hall of Fame inductees: GiGi Carleton, Doug Evans and Barry Meguiar.

Additional details are available at

Updates on the GTE, the SEMA Show and the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) will be in our October issue. ■

Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week: an automotive extravaganza

The Tire Industry Association’s Global Tire Expo and the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show held at the Las Vegas Convention Center are both part of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week (AAIW) running Oct. 31 -Nov. 3.

Completing the all-things automotive extravaganza is the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) held at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas Oct. 31 - Nov. 2.

AAPEX 2017 is bringing experts to discuss automotive technology and the biggest opportunities and challenges it presents for auto repair shops. Several AAPEX programs will address and spotlight automotive technology, including the new Mobility Park, the new Technology Intersection, AAPEXedu sessions, Let’s Tech presentations and a Service Professionals Summit.

Joe Register, director of emerging technologies for the Auto Care Association, will be among the experts on hand during AAPEXedu sessions.

Register says, “One of the biggest opportunities is replacement and calibration services for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) devices, such as LIDAR, radar and image processing, which offer new revenue opportunities for progressive repair shops, provided they have the right equipment and properly trained technicians.”

He adds, “A real game changer is the possibility of remote diagnosis enabled by vehicle telematics, which has the potential to move the industry from scheduled routine maintenance services, to predictive maintenance based on information obtained from on-board fault detection and isolation (FDI) systems.”

Brian Daugherty, chief technology officer, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), also will be among the expert speakers at AAPEX 2017. He says, “One exciting opportunity on the horizon is vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems — also known as V2V systems.

“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed that V2V safety warning systems be required on all new light vehicles. If that rule making is finalized, V2V will quickly become available in the aftermarket as well.

“These systems will require wiring, GPS and V2V antennas, Electronic Control Units, and display screens. Installing and maintaining these systems will become a rapidly growing business opportunity for aftermarket shops and repair facilities.”

For more information on AAPEX 2017, see

Related Topics: 2017 AAPEX, 2017 Global Tire Expo, 2017 SEMA Show, Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo, Specialty Equipment Market Association, Tire Industry Association

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