Global Tyre & Rubber Conference 2022

9th Jun 2022 - 10th Jun 2022

9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Chennai Tamil Nadu India


The Global Tyre & Rubber Conference (GTRC) is a  biennial conference that is dedicated exclusively to the development of tyres. With the changes in the business scenarios in the tyre industry world over, the suppliers need to work even more closely with the tyre companies. 


Top suppliers and market analysts from around the world will present various solutions and market information concerning the tyre industry.

Much attention is paid to building an outstanding conference program that provides a real-world experience and solutions. The two-day event combines dedicated special presentations, keynote addresses and panel discussions.

Who are Participating


Tom Thomas

Tom Thomas
The Executive Director for Technology and Projects at CEAT Tyres. 

With a degree in Rubber Technology and Engineering from University of Cochin, Tom has over 40 years of experience in the tyre industry.

Harm Voortman

Harm Voortman
President & CEO, VMI Group

A former research engineer for Shell, Voortman has been the manager of R&D Engineering for Moba and Business Unit Manager for Stork FDO. At VMI, he has been the manager of the Projects Department, President of Sales & Projects and an Algemeen Director before taking over his current post. He is also an executive board member of the TKH Group.

Colin Clarke

Colin Clarke
Director Technical Sales, Schill + Seilacher (Struktol)

Starting his career with laboratory roles at Goodyear Tyre UK in 1979 and later working as tyre compounder, Colin has worked his way through Struktol since 1988. He as played an active role for Schill + Seilacher for Struktol range of rubber processing additive products. Currently, he dons the responsibility of managing the customers in the UK and Far East Asia. Being a professional member of the UK Institute of Materials, Colin has presented papers on behalf of Schill + Seilacher at IRC conferences and at the US Rubber Division ACS meetings.

Mike Norman

Mike Norman
Sales Director - Asia, VMI Group

With an MSc in Operational Research from the University of Birmingham, Mike has over 20 years of experience, of which, he spent 12 years at VMI. Starting from bead wire and tyre cod manufacturing, Mike has proven his competence in wide range of aspects, including capital machinery sales and projects. In his earlier presentations, he has demonstrated how VMI has incorporated Industry 4.0 for the development of smart, connected products to increase the efficiency of a factory.

Rajiv Budhraja

Rajiv Budhraja
Director General of Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (ATMA)

Rajiv Budhraja, is an active member of the apex Industry Association representing the Indian Tyre Industry, headquartered in New Delhi. The organisation represents most of the large tyre companies in India that account for over 95 percent of the tyre production. With a Masters Degree in Business Economics and a graduation in Economics Honours from Delhi University, Rajiv has amassed 32 years of experience in the service organisations. He has worked in the PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Confederation of Export Units, Indian Paper Manufacturer’s Association, among others. Apart from being the member of the Rubber Board of India for two successive terms, he is a founding member on Governing Council of Rubber Skill Development Council (RSDC). He represents ATMA on several government and institutional bodies.

Martin Bezak

Martin Bezak
Head of Marketing and Sales, VIPO

Beginning as a mechanical designer of machines for tyre and carbon brush industry, Martin went on to work as process engineer and project manager for Hella Slovakia Signal Lighting. He is widely experienced in injection moulding machines, plastic parts handling system and raw material transport system.

Tiziano Pancher :
Sales&Marketing Director, 
Since July 2020 Tiziano Pancher is the Sales and Marketing Director of Marangoni Meccanica. Graduated in Mechanical Engineering with a Master Degree and specialized in Material Science, he has developed his professional experience in the multinational industries world, working in the military vehicles industry with government organisations as well as in b2b environment in the Technical, Programme Management, Commercial, Sales and Business Development aspects of the business.





Dr Arup Chandra

Dr Arup Chandra
Head Global R&D, Apollo Tyres

A leader in R&D with double post-graduation, i.e., Master of Science (Chemistry) and Master of Technology in Rubber Technology (IIT, Kharagpur) followed by Chattered Chemist, Chattered Chemical Engineer and Doctorate in Rubber Technology (IIT, Kharagpur) with expertise in Tyre and Carbon Black Industry. A well renowned professional, established technologist and Industry Speaker. 
With 33 Years of working experience with leading Tyre & Carbon Black Industries both in India and assignment in abroad, Dr Chandra has developed several new products, solved several product and process-related problems and guides creative professionals with diverse technical skills and provides customer technical services. He is also known to assist the sales and marketing team for product promotion. 

S Vasudeva Rao

S Vasudeva Rao
Secretary, Indian Rubber Institute (All India)

Prior to holding the current position, Vasudeva Rao was the Secretary for the Indian Rubber Institute at its Karnataka branch. He was also the Head of the Technical Services at Ravi Soni Group of Companies.

P P Perera PRISL Sri Lanka

PP Perera
Secretary, Plastics and Rubber Institute of Sri Lanka

Apart from being the secretary of Plastics and Rubber Institute of Sri Lanka (PRISL), he is also the management consultant ADB Project CCED Rubber Cluster Development in Sri Lanka.



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