Tire / Tyre Manufacturing

For much of its history, tire / tyre making has been a multi-stage and highly labor-intensive industry involving building up the tire carcass in layers on a drum. The introduction of automated processes has tended to be gradual and partial; evolutionary, not revolutionary.

This is now all beginning to change, driven by the demands of the market. First Michelin and then most of the major manufacturers, have announced radical new manufacturing processes which promise dramatic improvements in investment costs, productivity, material saving and quality standards.

The details of many of these processes are still regarded as commercially sensitive but enough information is known to recognize that a paradigm shift is taking place in the tire / tyre industry, which will change the economics of tire / tyre manufacturing and and the marketing fundamentals of tire / tyre distribution.

In order to understand these changes, this report examines how tires / tyres have been made (and are still made at present) and then reviews the pressures on the industry that have brought about these proposed and actual changes to the manufacturing process. The various manufacturers' solutions are then compared, before examining the implications these changes will have for the industry as a whole.

This report is already prepared in draft form but will be individually completed for each purchaser in order to incorporate the latest news and information. In addition it may be possible to include additional information on request.

The report will cost $75 and will be sent within five working days of the order.

If you are interested in this subject please e-mail Neil Mullineux via the Contact World Tire Report Page.

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An Apology

Half the world uses the word "tire" whilst the other half uses "tyre". Unfortunately search engines don't realise that they mean the same. In order to be recognised by the search machines we have had to resort to the irritating strategy of duplicating the two words. Sorry!