Matt Kent of Smithers offers his expertise at the Tire Society Conference


AKRON—Matt Kent, technical director of the Smithers Tire and Wheel Testing Center, who has more than two decades of experience testing tires in a range of methods, will speak at 41st Annual Tire Society Conferencescheduled for September 12-13.

Under the theme “New Horizons in Tire Evaluation,” the technical conference is being held in a hybrid format, in-person at the University of Akron Jean Hower Taber Student Union Ballroom and online .

Kent is expected to take part in a panel discussion on “The Future of Tire Testing” and is expected to be joined by industry colleagues from fka GmbH, GCAPS and Calspan.

The panel will be moderated by Heather Bobbit of General Motors. It’s scheduled for September 13 at 12:45 p.m. EST.

“The Tire Society conference brings together some of the best minds in our industry, from engineers and scientists to policymakers and advocates, to explore and discuss the latest innovations in tire technology,” said Jim Popio, vice president of the Materials Science and Engineering division of Smithers. . “Matt has played a pivotal role in the evolution of tire testing technology over the last 20 years of his career, and his insights on this panel will be invaluable to anyone looking to find out what the next generation of tires will look like. ‘tire innovations can bring.’

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