The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has a history that spans more than 80 years and includes several name changes. Originally known as the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association (NTDRA), the organization gave birth over the years to the American Retreaders Association (ARA), and the Tire Association of North America (TANA). ARA changed its name to the International Tire & Rubber Association (ITRA) and merged with TANA in 2002 to form the current Tire Industry Association (TIA), which now represents every interest in the tire industry.
TIA is an international association has a history that spans over 80 years. They represent all segments of the tire industry, including those that manufacture, repair, recycle, sell, service or use new or retreaded tires, and also those suppliers or individuals who furnish equipment, material or services to the industry. Several name changes and mergers resulted in the modern-day Tire Industry Assocation. It now represents every interest in the tire industry. TIA helps its members with their insurance needs and has developed the first in a series of educational programs to train dealers on how the new technology for automatically monitoring tire pressure (TPMS) will affect their companies.
Several training videos are available. One such is entitled Fleet Truck Tire and Wheel Training — In the Maintenance Facility. These offer flexible options to train employees and are tailored to fit the needs of today's fleets. In another video TIA has joined with Michelin to help educate fleets on wheel-end safety. "Wheel End Safety" intended to provide maintenance personnel and drivers with installation and inspection guidelines to improve wheel-end performance and safety. It addresses a number of related topics, but the primary focus is to help fleets prevent wheel-off accidents and wheel-end fires.
This latter video truly drives home the point. An unguided loose tire travelling at highway speed is an unguided missile --- and in this video, it homed in directly to the "target" sedan parked in its path. The tire assembly impacted right on the driver door. Had that been you in the car, well, you might not be reading this right now. Wheel-end safety is a matter of life and death. Click here to watch the video. And be sure to watch for the exploding tire and the effect it has on the dummy standing over it.
The Tire Industry Association participates in SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Marketing Assocation annual event. It does so with the Tires, Wheels and Equipment Section (TWE).
Join the Tire Industry Association
To join the TIA, call Megan Walsh, Director of Membership at 800.876.8372 x 112. Or call Wilson Beach, Director of Sales, at x103 for details. To join online, simply go here.
The Tire Industry Assocation publishes Today's Tire Industry, TIA Fax, Tire & Rubber Recyling Fax, Government Affairs Update, and the TIA Membership Directory.