Latin Tire Expo seeks to expand after 2016 success

Latin American and Caribbean Tyre Expo

Latin Tire Expo seeks to expand after 2016 success

The seventh annual Latin American and Caribbean Tyre Expo has been labeled a “resounding success” by organizers, who say it will continue to grow in 2017 and beyond.

Held on July 13 to 15 in the ATLAPA Convention Center in Panama, the expo featured more than 200 domestic and international tire, wheel, tire machinery, retreading and related industry leaders.  More than 2,000 qualified buyers attended from South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

A place for making valuable industry connections

The event showcases products and enables exhibitors, buyers and industry professionals to interact on a more personal basis, form business relationships and grow customer contacts in the Latin American and Caribbean markets. Conferences were held on the second day of the show where leaders of the tire industry covered everything from sustainable transportation to retreading.

The conference speakers included Jean Alexander Barros (commercial coordinator for Mexico and Central America for Vipal), David Stevens (general director for Tire Retread and Repair Information Bureau TRIB), Cesar Mendieta (sales manager of truck and bus tires for Hankook Tire Centroamerica) and Luis Rodrigues (regional sales manager for Mexico, Central and South America for Bosch Automotive Service Solutions).

Stevens, who is a regular speaker at the expo, spoke about US and global retread data, factors influencing the retread industry and technological advancements in retreading, He also spoke about how TRIB supports the global retread industry.

“It’s an honor to be invited to speak for a fifth year at this prestigious conference,” he said. “This is TRIB’s sixth year to be involved with the Expo and it represents a great opportunity to meet with our many members in Latin America and share the latest news about the global retreading industry.”

US Government endorses the expo

The U.S. Department of Commerce granted the Latin Expo Group Trade Fair Certification to organize the official United States Pavilion at the Latin American and Caribbean Tyre Expo. The department endorses the event as an excellent opportunity to showcase U.S. products and services.

John Coronado, Senior Commercial Officer for the Embassy of the United States of America, gave an introductory welcome during the Inaugural Ceremony to the American exhibitors on the first day.

For companies looking to expand their market in Latin America and the Caribbean the show proves to be incredibly successful year after year. Panama is very important in terms of global commerce.  It is a free-trade zone to Central and South America with billions of dollars of products traveling through the Panama Canal every year. It’s also easy to reach by air and is a popular business and tourist destination.

The 2017 Latin American and Caribbean Tyre Expo is scheduled for June 14 to 16.  It will be held again at the ATLAPA Convention Center in Panama. For more information visit the expo’s website.

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