Advanced Materials for Tire Reinforcements

Stephan F. Sherriff
Technical Associate, Field Technical Service, DuraFiber Technologies

PRESENTATION SUMMARY

Textile reinforcement of balloon tires has been necessary since their inception.  In current generations of radial tires for passenger and light truck tires, textile reinforcement represents 3 – 5% of the weight of the tire.  Given its low content in the tire and its critical role in the tire, why are we stuck in the 20th century? What is the outlook for new textile reinforcements? Can the current barriers of low margin and risk adverse industries be addressed? Be sure to hear this presentation and find the answers to the above three questions. 

ABOUT STEPHAN F. SHERRIFF

EDUCATION:  BS Chemistry (1974) & BS Textile Chemistry (1974) from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC; Masters of Business Administration (1976) from Babcock Graduate School of Management, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC.

HIGHLIGHTS OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

(COMPANIES, PROJECT AREAS, ETC.):  38 years with same company (PF purchased INVISTA in March 2008) in a variety of positions including plant process and product development, productivity-cost reduction, financial reporting, machine scheduling, research and development, and customer technical support.

Has presented papers at ACS Rubber Division Meeting, Tire Industry Conference, International Society of Industrial Fabric Manufacturers (ISIFM), International Tire Exhibition and Conference (ITEC), Clemson U. Melt Spinning Course, and to suppliers and vendors. 

8 patents have been granted with him as an inventor.

Received the first “Go Forth” award (internal recognition for creativity and risk taking) in Hoechst Celanese (predecessor to KoSa, INVISTA). 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Steve Sherriff
Durafiber Technologies
7401 Statesville Blvd
Salisbury, NC 28147
Phone: (704) 639-2744
E-mail: steve.sherriff@durafibertech.com