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The Tire Society is a non-profit [1] professional body, specifically an engineering society, whose mission is to increase and disseminate knowledge as it pertains to the science and technology of tires. It hosts a two-day meeting and conference every year. In addition, it publishes a peer reviewed technical journal, Tire Science and Technology . [2] [3]



The Tire Society was founded on 24 March 1980. [4]


The society has two professional award recognitions: the Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Achievement award. [2]

Distinguished Service Award Recipients
Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients

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