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Smithers Rapra Inc. will host the Traction 2015: Driving the Tire Industry Forward conference and exhibition May 20-22, 2015, at the Omni Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

The event will bring together tire OEMs, Tier 1-4 system and component suppliers, and materials producers. Key topics to be discussed include tire industry business dynamics; regulatory issues; tire importers of record; tire testing and challenges and disruptors to the tire industry.

It is the second annual tire conference and exhibition hosted by Smithers Rapra.

“Traction 2015 will continue our exploration into how tire companies and OEMs can balance innovation, regulatory requirements and cost concerns with consumer perception and actions. This is a question that we hear over and over again from our clients and last year’s discussion in Charlotte was just the beginning,” says conference director Andrew Smaha.

“The direct access to industry leadership, our invite-only speakers and fellow attendees will far exceed the typical tire trade show experience,” says Smaha.

“Our long-standing reputation as an independent party dedicated to providing accurate and reputable information allows us to bring together diverse stakeholders to truly delve deep into the issues facing the global tire industry. Each session of next year’s Traction conference will be shaped by Smithers Rapra alongside the key players in the tire performance industry.”

Smithers Rapra has added a full day dedicated to the stressors thrust upon tire importers of record and how the industry can collaborate to better navigate the twists and turns of bringing imported tires to market, according to Smaha.

Abstracts are currently being accepted. Send name, qualifications and proposed presentation title to Andrew Smaha at asmaha@smithers.com or +1 207 781 9635.

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available. For more information about Traction 2015, visit the event’s website.

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