ERJ staff report (DS)
Shandong Province, China - Exports of tyres from the Shandong region increased in value by 54 percent, to $7834 million in 2011, according to a local official.
President of the Shandong Provincial Rubber Industry Association, Zhang Hongmin said this trend was much better than the national trend which had seen exports suffer from US trade tariffs. He said Shandong's export growth was based on technological improvement and, â€œthe implementation of high-end, high quality, efficient development strategy to improve the capability of independent innovation.â€
A report on the China Rubber Indistry website said Shandong's tyre makers produced 156.3 million radial tyres, accounting for 39.3 percent of the country's total output, of which 45.5 million were of steel radial tyres, accounting for 50.3 percent of national output; 110.7 million were semi-steel radial tyres, representing 36 percent of the country's total output of these products.
The report noted that Triangle Tire, based in Shandong is China's largest tyre maker. The company is developing better technology, said the report.
It also quoted an executive with Shandong Linglong saying that the company is installing profile measuring equipment to ensure stability in profile shapes, which will improve quality and reduce the weight of rubber used in the process.
A series of tyre indiustry executives reported on progres at their companies, according to the report.
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