AKRON—Smithers Rapra will run "Tire Components 101: A Comprehensive Overview of the Building Blocks of a Radial Tire" on May 8.
The session, hosted by Technical Consultant Brad Wurst, will provide an introduction to radial tire components, according to a company news release. The free webinar, starting at 11 a.m. EDT, will last roughly one hour.
A single tire is made up of six major components and 50 or more different raw materials, Wurst said. Attendees will walk away with a stronger understanding of the complexity and sophistication of tire construction and design.
Wurst will explain the role of a tire's important components and how they're engineered to operate together, Smithers said. The webinar will have insight for tire importers and distributors, purchasing managers, insurance companies, raw materials suppliers and those new to the industry.
For those who don't work in tire engineering on a daily basis, the overview will be exceptionally helpful to explain design interdependencies, said Jim Popio, vice president of operations North America.
Wurst has 28 years of tire design experience, construction modifications, cost optimization and manipulating components to achieve target on-vehicle and off-vehicle tire performance. He worked for tire manufacturers both domestically and internationally before joining Smithers in 2018.