ERJ staff report (DS)
Hannover, Germany -- Continental has said all its truck tyres will have official consumer labels from 1 July 2012. These labels will be mandatory in Europe from 1 November.
The Hanover-based manufacturer tested around 500 truck and bus tyres in accordance with the test methods prescribed by the EU to determine all relevant figures and classify each type in all sizes according to energy efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise.
Continental has now integrated all measured tyre data into existing internal and external SAP-supported computer systems and made it available to retailers.
Unlike car and transporter tyres, there will not be an EU label sticker on the actual truck and bus tyres. Instead Continental and the sales partners will list the data in the technical documents for the products, in the sales rooms, on the Internet and on invoices.
Herbert Mensching, Managing Director Marketing & Sales Truck Tires EMEA says: â€œA large amount of studying lies ahead for the tyre manufacturers and tyre retailers. Properties like mileage, handling and life are not covered by the tyre label, but are important when choosing tyres and above all when working out the lowest total costs in the fleet.â€
The EU directive 1222/2009 for obligatory labeling of new tyres will come into force on November 1, 2012. For tyres that are produced after July 1, 2012, and sold after November 1, the measured values must be indicated in accordance with the EU tyre label regulation. This applies for all car, transporter, truck and bus tyres sold in Europe.
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Press release from Continental