Futuristic Trends in Tire Manufacturing Industry

Futuristic Trends in Tire Manufacturing Industry

Manufacturing Technology Insights | Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Fremont, CA: It is expected that global tire industry tends to increase at a CAGR of 3.4 percent to 22.75 million tonnes by 2024. The fastest growing technology and market segments in tire industry are Ultra High Performance (UHP) and Low Rolling Resistance (LRR) tires, with major OEMs heading into these segments to offer higher delivery margins. At the same time, there is a shift from passenger cars to light trucks, and the high-performance segment is currently reaching a practical upper limit but continues to push for larger OEM tire sizes/rim diameters.

Identifying the following trends will shape the state of tire production through 2022 and beyond.

1. Smart Planning

Since 2000, the number of sub-brands and sizes has increased, which has brought about major changes in the tire industry's production planning. Customers are demanding faster delivery times. As a result, the order delivery cycle has been shortened and the warehouse is out of stock. Tire manufacturers need to balance production processes with orders, but the short product processes and complex product combinations create challenges in planning and day-to-day factory operations. In fact, good production planning is an important foundation for material flow planning in tire factories. Despite the fact that the Brownfield and Greenfield projects have different challenges, threats, and potential pitfalls, a thorough, analytical, and positive production plan is essential when creating a new process.

2. Modularization in Production

If modulation is possible, increasing the tire size can reduce the number of semi-finished products. Modularization is a good solution for steel belts and carcass components, because not all tires require special components. Rounding the tires slightly up and down is a small but effective way to reduce the number of individual products in the plant's inventory. Modularization should be planned with a professional partner. This is because product combinations are difficult and productivity can be significantly improved, even with little or no investment.

3. Industry 4.0

Automation is a key factor in helping tire manufacturers meets the challenges of global competition and integration, innovation, and obsolescence management. Significant progress has been made here, especially in the most advanced markets. Manufacturers can use automation to automate the entire plant or specific equipment in the manufacturing process (such as tire making machines). At the plant level, there was a lot of activity to upgrade the old factory and design the new factory with a focus on automation. US manufacturers are automating existing equipment to stay competitive, which can be a significant challenge for equipment layouts designed for manual processes. Full plant automation for that has many advantages, including lower inventory levels, space optimization, buffer inventory minimization, and the potential for full traceability of all tires in production. These can lead to cumulatively high-quality tires and high yields, but we focus on the uniformity and grade of the right material for automatic processing.

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