The chairman of the Future Tire Conference, Patrick Raleigh, Editor of European Rubber Journal, has announced the first group of speakers for this important international conference.  They will address varying aspects of the conference theme, Autonomous Now: The impact of new digital and communication technologies on tire design, manufacture and supply. 

- Dr. Bernd Lowenhaupt, Managing Director, Sumitomo Rubber Europe

- Enzo Sorrentino, Global Strategic Account Manager Bridgestone EMEA, Rockwell Automation

- Stephen Rau, Technical Director, WDK

- Karol Vanko, MESNAC Vice President, MERTC General Director, Mesnac European Research and Technical Centre

- Guido Savi, Head of Automotive Consultancy, HBC Group

- Jacob Peled, executive chairman, Pelmar Engineering Ltd

- Bruce Davis, Special Projects Reporter, Tire Business

- Dennis Melka, Co-Founder & Executive Director, MisterTyre Malaysia

Call for Papers

European Rubber Journal, the organiser of the Future Tire Conference, is putting out a call for papers for the annual technical programme, which takes place 30-31 May, 2018  at the Koelnmesse, within the Tire Cologne expo.




The conference will focus particularly on the impact of digitalisation and connected mobility on all aspects of tire design, manufacture and supply. Future Tire 2018 will bring together top-level experts and decision-makers from the tire and automotive industries to discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.


Present a Paper


Key subject areas of the Future Tire 2018 programme of presentations and panel discussions will include:

  • Strategies and technologies needed for success in the digital tire race
  • Industry 4.0: Linking smart tires to smart factories
  • The impact will autonomous vehicles on the tire industry
  • Technologies that are redefining the tire industry and its products, including data management, RFID, liquid mixing and advanced materials.


Submit a Proposal


To submit a proposal for a conference presentation on these or related topics, please contact Patrick Raleigh, Editor of European Rubber Journal at praleigh@crain.com.


Please include your name, job title, company name, title of your paper with a brief summary, and your contact information.

Papers will be selected on criteria that include:

  • Relevance of the topic
  • Contribution to industry knowledge
  • Value of the paper to the industry
  • Originality


Thank you for your interest in contributing to this important industry event.