Smithers identifies the top 20 all-season and winter tire technologies to achieve next-level performance

Smithers identifies the top 20 all-season and winter tire technologies to achieve next-level performance
Winter and all-season tire markets are growing globally, but tires must reach ever-higher performance levels over the next five years. Tire makers are employing a wide range of technologies, but face new challenges in achieving balanced tire performance.
 
The latest Smithers market report, ‘All-Season vs Winter Tires to 2024: A State-of-the-Art Report’ examines all trends – including regulations, regional growth drivers, and market forces – affecting OEM and replacement all-season and winter tires. The report identifies the key performance parameters tire makers are focusing on for 2019-2024 and explores the potential of the 20 top technologies to achieve next-level performance. It identifies the current state of the art for each, their future evolution and potential for impact globally.
 
Smithers’ analysis for ‘All-Season vs Winter Tires to 2024: A State-of-the-Art Report’ assesses key enabling technologies for all-season and winter to rank the top 20 technologies based on commercial, technical and external factors, especially sustainability. The top 20 technologies assessed are:
  • 3D sipes
  • Advanced mixing
  • Advanced silanes
  • Bio-based oils
  • Carbon black – High surface area
  • Foam inserts
  • Hydrocarbon resins
  • Multi-layer tread compounds
  • Nd-polybutadiene rubber
  • Silica – High surface area
  • Silica – Highly dispersable
  • Silica – Low surface area
  • Silica – Masterbatch
  • SSBR-end chain functionalized rubber
  • Terpene and terpene hydrocarbon resins
  • Thiocarboxolate silanes
  • Tread design
  • Virtual compound formulation
  • Virtual mixing
  • Virtual tire testing
Smithers’ latest report, ‘All-Season vs Winter Tires to 2024: A State-of-the-Art Report’ assesses the all-season and winter tire markets and the key technologies that enable tire performance. It looks at essential trends and drivers, including regulatory, end-use (passenger cars and light trucks), and regional outlooks. It reviews these factors from a global perspective and specifically for every main tire-consuming region for all-season and winter tires:
  • Europe: particularly Central Europe and Scandinavia
  • North America: Canada, and Northern states of the US
  • Asia, especially China and Japan.

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