Tire Technology Expo 2018 preview
The 18th Tire Technology Expo is set to take place from 20 – 22 February 2018 in Hanover, Germany. According to the organiser UKi Media & Events, with the floor space now increased to 20,000 m2, the event will be even bigger than in 2017.
It is expected that the overall attendance will rise beyond the record of almost 6,000 last year. The show is said to be Europe’s most important international gathering of tyre manufacturing experts, making it an opportunity to view and debate the latest innovations in materials, chemicals and machinery. The list of topics to be discussed includes automation, big data and Industry 4.0, intralogistics, production efficiency, tyre labelling and RFID tagging. Joining the returning companies – including amongst others HF, Mesnac, Siemens and VMI – will be many first-time exhibitors, including German suppliers Getriebebau Nord (drive systems), Ilmberger Maschinen- und Zahnradfabrik (gearing technology), Industriefabrik Schneider (steam packages for curing presses) and Festo (automation).
Testing technologies will be the focus for two other newcomers, MonTech (rubber testing solutions) and Camber Ridge. The chemicals and materials area of the expo is expected to underline the research being done to meet performance and sustainability challenges with newly developed materials and compounds, said the organiser. Some of the new exhibitors in the chemicals and materials field will include Shin-Etsu Silicones Europe BV from Venlo, The Netherlands, and Madura Industrial Textiles from Mumbai, India. With its parallel programme of conference sessions close to the exhibition hall, numerous short courses and the Awards Gala Dinner, Tire Technology Expo 2018 offers visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates a very good networking opportunity. More news on the exhibitors can be found on the following pages.