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Task Group Seeks Input regarding transition to new tire standard.

Press Release Summary:

Aug 03, 2015 - Expected discontinuation in manufacturing of standard-reference test tire will lead to changes to ASTM International standard E1136, Specification for P195/75R14 Radial Standard Reference Test Tire. Task group will explore best ways to transition from E1136 tire to alternate reference tire. One possibility is F2493, Specification for P225/60R16 97S Radial Standard Reference Test Tire. All E1136 users are encouraged to join in efforts to determine steps and timeline for said transition.

ASTM International - West Conshohocken, PA

Original Press Release

Discontinued Tire Will Lead to ASTM Standard Changes

Press release date: Jul 30, 2015

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — The expected discontinuance in manufacturing a standard-reference test tire will lead to changes to an ASTM International standard (E1136, Specification for P195/75R14 Radial Standard Reference Test Tire). Users of this specification are invited to join an ASTM task group that is working to manage this transition.

The tire has been used extensively since its introduction in the late 1980s. However, the materials used to produce the tire are dated and in limited supply because modern, mass-produced tires have evolved to use new kinds of polymers. As a result, it has become difficult for the sole manufacturer of the original tire (Michelin) to procure materials needed for reproduction. Michelin is working with ASTM Committee F09 on Tires on this issue.

The task group will explore the best ways to transition from the E1136 tire to an alternate reference tire (one possibility is F2493, Specification for P225/60R16 97S Radial Standard Reference Test Tire). Because the E1136 tire is still used in many standards and regulations, it is important to give regulatory bodies and industry time to consult with stakeholders, agree on an alternate specification, and publish revisions.

The task group encourages all E1136 users to join its efforts to determine the steps and timeline for this transition.

ASTM welcomes participation in the development of its standards. Become a member at www.astm.org/JOIN.

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ASTM Committee F09 on Tires Next Meeting:
Oct. 13-14, 2015
MAPS Air Museum
North Canton, Ohio

Media Inquiries:
Nathan Osburn
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Technical Contact:
Angela Wolynski
Michelin North America
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angela.wolynski@us.michelin.com

ASTM Staff Contact:
Julia Lively
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