ERJ staff report (DS)
Beijing -- A series of speakers at a Chinese seminar called for stricter rules on counterfeits and better enforcement of rules on brand name copying and counterfeiting in China's tyre industry. A Chinese-language report published on the website of the China Rubber Industry Association (CRIA) reviewed papers presented on 23 September at the general meeting of the China Rubber Industry Association Marketing Committee.
Speakers said there is a resistance among purchasers in overseas markets against buying Chinese-made tyres. This resistance arises due to perceptions of poor quality; poor technical performance and uncertain delivery schedules. Because of these perceptions, China's tyre makers are unable to raise prices of their tyres sufficiently to make a good profit.
In another paper, the deputy director of law enforcement bureau, said his department will be highly concerned about the tyre industry, intellectual property protection, and expects to resolutely crack down on counterfeiting and safeguard fair competition.
Fan Rende, president of the CRIA said the share of domestic tyre makers in the original equipment market -- even on Chinese-made vehicles - is still relatively low, reflecting some of the concerns outlined above. he said the industry needs to upgrade its technology and begin the development and production of safe, energy saving, green tyres as a step toward improving the competitiveness of China's tyre industry.
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Report on CRIA website (Chinese language)
above report auto-translated from Chinese