The Tire Industry Association celebrates its centenary this year, and in recognition of this important milestone in the US trade association’s history, David Wilson carried out an interview with TIA’s CEO Roy Littlefield for the latest edition of our regular podcast series, The Retreadcast, talking about the Association’s history, its achievements and the challenges it faces for the future.
Episode 17 Available for Viewing
Episode 17 also included a round-up of the latest news stories concerning the tyre retreading sector. David covered news from Marangoni, Vipal, Vaculug and Kraiburg during the podcast. All these news stories can be found on the Retreading Business website.
00:00 Introduction to Episode #17 | Tire Industry Association Celebrates its Centenary
01:41 Interview, Part 1: Roy Littlefield, CEO of the TIA in the United States
02:15 Roy comments on the industrialisation of the American market and its impact on the association’s history
06:16 Tire Industry Association’s greatest achievements over the years
09:51 Roy expands on the TIA’s challenges including digitalisation and technology
10:53 Impact of the pandemic on the US Market, and the mitigation process by the association’s members
18:00 Interview, Part 2: Roy Littlefield, CEO of the TIA in the United States
19:55 TIA membership challenges and opportunities, and their response to optimising member services
23:47 Tire Industry Association’s plans for celebratory activities for Centenary
27:31 Roy sheds light onto the association’s plans for a worldwide dealer network programme
30:15 David and Roy comment on upcoming SEMA show in Las Vegas
31:30 Roy recounts his personal, meaningful journey with the Tire Industry Association
33:58 Conclusion to Episode #17 | Tire Industry Association Celebrates its Centenary