Matt Kent

Matt joined Smithers in 2017 as the Technical Director of the Smithers Tire & Wheel Test Lab in Ravenna, Ohio. He is primarily focused on Smithers’ current force and moment testing operations, staff management, and technical decision-making. He also manages a partnership between Smithers and six global tire manufacturers that introduced a new MTS Flat Trac CT+ system and facility expansion in 2018.

Expertise: Tire Development and Testing

Matt has over 17 years of experience in the tire industry, including management experience on the manufacturing side of the business. He has been responsible for numerous testing machines, including MTS Flat Tracs, spring rate, laser measurement, acoustic, uniformity, and high- and low-speed durability.

Qualifications and Professional Accreditation

Matt has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, is certified in FARO Measurement Systems, and has had training in Lean and pneumatic systems design. He spent the first part of his career designing automated tire building systems before moving into his multiple roles in tire testing.
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