The main challenge is the need to cope with the increasing competition from China in particular and the Far East in general. The way to do so is not by price, but mainly by quality and service.
Over recent years, what do you see as the most significant development to have happened in the tire industry?
The shrinking of plant sizes combined with automation and specialization.
What single development would do most to improve the future of the tire industry, and why?
The most significant development, in my opinion, is airless and special construction tires because this for the first time (except solid tires) breaks the bond of air pressure/pneumatic requirement.
Looking into the crystal ball, what big changes do you expect to see in tires and the tire industry by 2030?
PCR will be changed to tires suitable for electric cars and the tire industry will change in accordance with reply #2.
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About the speaker:
Peled is the founder and executive chairman of the Pelmar Group of companies, headquartered in Ramat Hasharon, Israel. Peled is an Executive Board member of the Retread Tire Association (RTA) and a member of the Rubber Division, American Chemical Society and is past president of ITRRF - International Tyre, Rubber & Recycling Federation in the UK.
Peled's interest has focused on the subjects of sustainability and particularly recycling of both technical rubber products and tires. He studied at Tel Aviv University and received his post-graduate education from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In recent years the majority of his activities have been devoted to the development of useful materials as additives to rubber custom compounding and the development and responsibility for new tire production facilities worldwide.