David Shaw

David Shaw runs a small consultancy called Tire Industry Research based in the UK. He has spent over 25 years as a commentator and analyst in the global tire and rubber industry and was the editor of European Rubber Journal.

His company recently published a report titled Sustainability in the Tire industry 2014 . Later this year they will publish another report, which looks in depth at the China Tire Industry.

David takes a long-term view of the industry. Most importantly, he is independent of external influences and can offer real insights into the global rubber industry based on extensive conversations with industry leaders around the world.

He has worked for a number of companies in the tire value chain advising on strategy, technology and marketing.

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The world’s tire industry is waking up to fierce price competition, driven by tire makers in China selling below cost....Full Article »
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This is the time of year when experts plan which shows they are going to attend. And – oh goodness – there are a lot of them....Full Article »
As many of you know, I have been looking hard at the China tire industry for the last few months. That research has led me to an interesting conclusion, which could affect the strategic direction of some of the top tire makers. I think that the tire industry is steadily moving toward a commodity-speciality split. This is most apparent in...Full Article »
This column will appear in early December, as much of the world's tire industry is in Shanghai for the Reifen China 2014 rubber tech fair. I'll be there and I know what the main topic of conversation is going to be: The dual impact of countervailing duties and anti-dumping measures brought by the United States Government on light...Full Article »
Today I am going to talk about the impact of low natural rubber prices. I make no apology for this column – it is something I feel strongly about. On one level it is a simple topic, but at another, immensely complex, covering global geo-politics; the rural poor in the developing world and, of course, tires. Natural rubber (NR) is a...Full Article »
In the middle of September a determined government in a major country brought in a new set of laws applicable to the tire industry. The new legislation came into effect on 1 October 2014. It is, by some interpretations, the most stringent in the world. There was almost no mention of this significant news in the English-language media. I am...Full Article »
Sales of tires bought through online tire stores are on the rise around the world. Current estimates put online sales in Europe at around 10% of the market or 25 million units. In China the percentage is lower, but still in the tens of millions of units each year. All around the world, however, the volume of tires bought through internet...Full Article »
A couple of news stories this month set me thinking about the question of how we legislate – or not – to maintain tire safety. One was fairly high-profile, the other less so. The high-profile story concerned the United States where the NHTSA has been pondering the subject of tire ageing and whether the US Government should...Full Article »
Over the last few weeks the United States has been debating whether to impose tariffs on car and light truck tires originating from China. A preliminary decision is due on 18 July which must be communicated by 25 July I strongly suspect this trade sanction will be imposed, but equally, I don't think it will do much good either in the...Full Article »
When consumer labels for tires became mandatory in Europe at the start of November 2012, few of us realised what impact they would have for upstream suppliers to tire makers. We all know that Lanxess, Versalis, Styron, Solvay, PPG and other suppliers of synthetic rubber and silica have seen both sales and the level of technical research jump...Full Article »
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