ERJ staff report (DS)
Brussels - ETRMA has published its annual report. The organization presents a range of statistics in the report. Including production of tyres at 4.8 million tonnes and production of other rubber goods at 2.9 million tonnes.
In terms of numbers the ETRMA membership sold 301.7 million car and light truck tyres in 2011 into the replacement market and a further 12.6 million truck tyres.
The report also includes a message from ETRMA's new chairman, Patrick Lepercq. He says, â€œIn a time of economic difficulties for Europe, ETRMA focussed its work in 2011 on pushing for a strategy for a competitive and sustainable automotive industry which would support strong, innovative, and competitive enterprises along the entire value chain.â€
Secretary-General, Fazilet Cinaralp said, â€œWith the preparation for the coming into force of the EU regulations setting new minimum requirements for tyres and tyre labelling, 2011 has been a year that, more than any other, reminded our sector that every step related to the production and selling of the tyre is minutely regulated. The European tyre sector took the push given by EU regulation as an opportunity to become more competitive in the world economy.â€
The group reported on its activities, including the harmonisation of global tyre rules, trade barriers and liberalisation
ETRMA said, â€œThe stability, predictability and transparency in market fundamentals remain key. In
this context, the role of the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) should be strengthened
as it o?ers a platform for dialogue and a tool for intensifying industrial co-operation
between (natural) rubber consuming and producing countries.â€
ETRMA is also tracking food contact rules in the EU and sees a change in this area. The report says, â€œThe EU rubber food contact industry, which operates in a non-homogeneous legislative
framework, needs harmonised requirements across Europe. ETRMA is therefore closely following
and supporting the current work of the European Commission and the European
Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which aim to harmonise legislation on food contact materials,
to ensure food safety and to ultimately lead to a proper functioning of the internal market.â€
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Annual Report from ETRMA