Akron, Ohio—April 5, 2022—Anne Forristall Luke, President and CEO of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), will deliver a keynote presentation during the International Tire Exhibition & Conference (ITEC) 2022, the largest tire manufacturing exhibition and conference in the U.S. ITEC 2022 is scheduled to take place Sept. 13-15, 2022, at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, Ohio.

In her presentation, “At the Intersection of Technology and Politics, Sustainability Finds its Stride,” Luke will discuss the U.S. tire industry’s economic outlook as well as some of its most pressing sustainability priorities. Topics she will feature include industry efforts to reduce CO2 emissions and increase the use of recycled and renewable materials, and the development of sustainable and circular markets for scrap tires.

Anne Forristall LukeAnne Forristall Luke, President and CEO, USTMA

Bringing more than 35 years of executive leadership experience, Luke has served as President and CEO of the USTMA for the last six years. Before joining USTMA, she led the political and public affairs operations as part of the executive leadership team for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. In addition to her expertise in association executive leadership, Luke is skilled in organizational dynamics, public affairs and communications strategy, risk and crisis communications and public policy.

“The tire industry has found unprecedented ways to respond to opportunities presented by sustainability challenges,” said Luke. “Our strategies include innovation in tire design, engineering and production; the use of new materials; and advancing research supporting new markets for scrap tires in projects like green infrastructure. We are creating important collaborations with scientific researchers, regulators and NGOs, and advocating for federal and state legislation that has the potential to support and advance the U.S. tire industry’s most critical sustainability priorities.”

Luke will speak on Sept. 14 to help usher in that day’s events. Ellis Jones, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, will keynote the conference on Sept. 13. For technical presentations during the 2022 conference, ITEC organizers are currently accepting abstract submissions. Papers must be technical in nature. Please submit abstracts by Friday, April 22.

A biennial event, ITEC 2022 is a three-day show and technical conference featuring more than 65 presentations from top-level tire industry experts covering topics such as sustainable materials; new technology for non-pneumatic tires and smart tires; next-generation reinforcing material for rubber compounds, challenges and opportunities in tires for electronic vehicles and much more.

In addition to conference sessions, show organizers will also award the Harold Herzlich Distinguished Technology Achievement Medal. Named after Harold Herzlich, a longtime technical editor of Rubber News, the honor recognizes innovators in tire manufacturing, tire reliability or performance. This year’s winner will receive a medal, a $1,500 honorarium and up to $1,000 in travel costs to attend ITEC 2022. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, May 27, 2022.

Registration for ITEC 2022 is now open online and provides free entry to the exhibition until August 12. Starting August 13, a $50 exhibition entrance fee will apply. View the registration fees for the conference, Women’s Breakfast and Tire Mechanics Course, here.

Exhibitor space and sponsorship opportunities are available for companies looking to raise their profile in the tire manufacturing industry. Sponsorships can be tailored to suit individual budgets and requirements. Companies interested in participating at ITEC 2022 should contact Sales Director Christine Zernick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ITEC 2022 is organized by Rubber News and owned by Crain Communications Inc.

Register to attend ITEC by visiting www.itec-tireshow.com/visit/registration.

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