Brussels - European tyre and rubber manufacturers have created a new association - European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association - to replace BLIC (Bureau de Liaison des Industries du Caoutchouc) as their representative body and mouthpiece in Europe. ETRMA's management, personnel and agenda are all similar to those of its predecessor.
The main difference is that individual tyre companies can become members of ETRMA, whereas BLIC could only take national federations as members. Fazilet Cinaralp, secretary general of ETRMA - and also of its predecessor, BLIC - said, "the direct expression of European tyre & rubber producers through ETRMA will boost members' responsiveness and involvement in European scene and dialogue. ETRMA wishes to be a reliable partner of all stakeholders involved in the future of mobility, safety, environment, free trade and competitiveness in Europe and globallyâ€.
ETRMA held its first Board meeting today in Brussels. The members are the tyre manufacturers having an industrial plant in Europe, and the national associations representing manufacturers of non-tyre rubber goods.
Francesco Gori (Pirelli) has been elected as President, and Eric de CromiÃ¨res (Michelin) as Vice-President. Fazilet Cinaralp was named Secretary General.
ETRMA said it intends to participate in all the initiatives in favour of industry competitiveness, environment protection and road safety in coordination with the European public authorities.
The tyre and general rubber goods industry with 4100 companies and 360 000 employees in EU25 generates a turnover exceeding â‚¬42 000 million while the exports amount more than â‚¬7000 million each year. The product range of its members is extensive from tyres, construction and automotive rubber goods to pharmaceutical, baby care and construction products.
The members who are also tyre makers are as follows: Bridgestone Europe, Continental, Cooper Tires, Goodyear Dunlop Tires Europe, Marangoni, Michelin, Nokian Tyres, Pirelli, Vredestein
National federations representing non-tyre companies are as follows: Belgium (Febelplast), Finland (RMAF), France (SNCP), Germany (WDK), Italy (Federazione Gomma Plastica), Netherlands (NVR), Portugal (APIB), Spain (Consorcio), and Sweden (SGI).
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