Around 68% of the exhibitors at the event, taking place 29 May to 1 June in Cologne, are from abroad, added a statement issued 13 April by MesseKoeln.
The event is backed by industry sponsor, the Bundesverband Reifenhandel & Vulkaniseur-Handwerk e.V. (BRV/German Tire Retailers and Vulcanisation Trade Association).
“We have developed a new industry hotspot that strengthens the industry and at the same time points out new perspectives, both for exhibitors and visitors equally,” said Katharina Hamma, chief operating officer of Koelnmesse.
The international trade fair will feature new developments in tires and wheels, plus advances in automotive services and the remoulding, recycling and disposal or tires.
Exhibitors will include the world’s largest tire makers, among them: Bridgestone, Michelin, Goodyear, Continental, Pirelli, Sumitomo/Falken, Hankook, Yokohama, Maxxis, Cooper Tires, Zhongce, Toyo, Kumho, Triangle, MRF, Apollo, Nokian and Nexen.
Major exhibitors from the automotive services sector will include the Hunter company, ASE Corghi Spa, Ravaglioli, Schrader, as well as Rema Tip Top.
On a region/country basis, the largest international contingents are from Italy, the Netherlands, the UK and Turkey, as well as from China, India, Taiwan and the US.
Among the themes features at the show will be a “Digital Reality” area to show “what digitalisation already means today for all participants of the tire industry, and how it can be used for your business.”
Recycling and ‘remoulding’ will be another theme, with companies, such as Kraiburg, TRM, Tech Group and Vipal among the exhibitors.
Eye-catching events lined up for the Cologne expo, including ‘drift’ shows by Falken and Keskin/Syron Tyres and a motorcycle show to demonstrate what modern tires are capable of. There will also be a show car exhibition on the boulevard, an outdoor truck show.
Future Tire conference
Another highlight at Cologne Messe will be the Future Tire conference, offering unique insights and networking opportunities for those who need to know what will happen next in international tire markets.
This year’s Future Tire programme, on 30-31 May, will feature presentations, discussions and debates, led by some of the leading experts in the global tire industry.