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Future of Tire technology

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Asked by: Christine Grote

“THE NEXT CRITICAL ADVANCEMENT FOR AUTO SAFETY AND PERFORMANCE.” Michelin revealed its airless car tyre concept called UPTIS (Unique Puncture-Proof Tyre System), last year, that they call airless wheel structure technology. Michelin is partnering with GM to bring UPTIS to market as early as 2024.

What is the future outlook of tires?

Smithers latest market report, ‘The Future of Global Tires to 2024’ forecasts the global tire market value will increase from $239 billion in 2019 to $280 billion by 2024, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.2%.

What is new in tire technology?

One of the most comprehensive technological innovations of the modern tire era is run-flat tire technology. Run-flat technology allows drivers who sustain air loss due to a puncture or cut in their tire to drive approximately 50 miles at 50 m.p.h. so they can reach a safe location to change the tire.

Who is the worlds biggest tire producer?

Bridgestone Corporation was the world’s largest tire manufacturers in 2020, based on tire-related revenue.

Are tires still made out of rubber?

While designs vary by product and manufacturer, an average tire contains well over 100 separate components. Tires can include natural rubber, synthetic rubber, steel, nylon, silica (derived from sand), polyester, carbon black, petroleum, etc.

Will tire prices go down in 2022?

A number of manufacturers including Michelin, Bridgestone, Continental, Yokohama and Hankook have all announced price increases already in 2022. On average, tire prices are up 25% to 30% year over year.

How is the tire industry doing?

Data from the new Smithers report – The Future of Global Tires to 2026 shows that total sales will reach $264.0 billion in 2021, with a total of 2.35 billion tires produced. This represents a resurgence from a drop of $16.2 billion or 192 million units across 2020.

Are airless tires a good idea?

As of 2021, airless tires are not popular with hardcore off-roaders as those vehicles often need to travel long distances at highway speeds. They are unstable, cause severe vibrations (passenger discomfort) and therefore potential for drivers to lose vehicle control at speeds above 80 km/h.

Why are airless tires good?

As an airless tire, the Uptis doesn’t require regular maintenance and drivers won’t have to worry about flat tires. Uptis tires won’t even need to be rotated, Michelin claims. The tire, which is 100 percent sustainable and 3-D printed, sits on an aluminum wheel.

How long do airless tires last?

Drivers should inspect tires after five years at a maximum. The airless tire is rumored to last about three times as long as conventional tires.

What country makes the most tires?

Zhongce Rubber is the largest tire manufacturer in China, followed by Linglong Tire.

The Largest Tire Manufacturers in the World. (2021 Ranking List)

Rank Company Country
#1 Michelin France
#2 Bridgestone Japan
#3 Continental Germany
#4 Goodyear United States

Which company sells the most tires?

While one would assume this award goes to one of the tires commonly seen on the road like Bridgestone or Goodyear, it might be a surprise to know it’s actually LEGO Group. That’s right, the Guinness World Record holder for “largest tire manufacturer per year” goes to LEGO.

Will tire prices go back down?

Tires rank as one of the most expensive fleet costs and it looks like prices may continue to rise through 2022. Tire prices saw repeated increases throughout 2021 and this year may not prove much better according to manufacturers.

What month is best time to buy tires?

And here’s the secret: Buy your tires in October or April to save the most on your new set of wheels. Tires go on sale in October to encourage consumers to buy before winter and again in April when the weather gets warm enough for people to start thinking about road trips and joy rides.

Is there a tire shortage coming?


Are tires in high demand?

Increased Demand for High-performance Tires

The automotive high-performance tires market is expected to witness high growth during the forecast period.

How big is the tire industry?

Tire Manufacturing in the US – Market Size 2005–2028

$22.2bn Tire Manufacturing in the US Market Size in 2022
-0.3% Tire Manufacturing in the US Annualized Market Size Growth 2017–2022
Purchase this report or a membership to unlock our data for this industry. Tire Manufacturing in the US Market Size Growth 2022–2028

How many tires are sold per year?

According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, a tire industry trade group, an estimated 30 million used tires are sold to motorists each year. That represents nearly 10 percent of the 318 million new tires sold in the U.S. annually.

What is the tire industry?

The Tire Manufacturing industry produces aircraft and motor vehicle tires, inner tubes and tire repair materials.

How many tire plants are in the world?

Pneumatic tires are manufactured according to relatively standardized processes and machinery, in around 455 tire factories in the world. With over 1 billion tires manufactured worldwide annually, the tire industry is a major consumer of natural rubber.

What state produces the most tires?

South Carolina remains the No. 1 tire-producing state with estimated daily tire production capacity of roughly 133,000 units. Oklahoma holds the No. 2 spot at 88,000 units, ahead of North Carolina at 74,000.