USTMA publishes tyre sustainability report
At the end of January, the US Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) released its first US sustainability report presenting its members’ collective progress and shared vision for a sustainable US tyre manufacturing industry.
“Sustainability drives our members’ business practices and operating principles,” said Anne Forristall Luke, President and CEO of USTMA. “From engineering innovations that maximize tire longevity and performance, to ensuring driver and employee safety, to preserving the environment throughout the life cycle of a tyre, our members are continually looking for ways to improve the societal contributions of their products and operations.”
USTMA’s 12 member companies operate 56 tyre-related manufacturing facilities in 17 states and generate over $27 billion in annual sales and $11.3 billion in annual federal tax revenue. Tyre manufacturing supports more than a quarter million US jobs totalling almost $20 billion in wages.
The report highlights industry accomplishments, including that: 81 per cent of scrap tyres went to what are term “beneficial end uses” in 2017; Member facilities have made an almost 10 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions since 2010; Nearly 90 per cent of US member facilities are certified under ISO 14001; there has been a 50 per cent reduction in injury and illness rates at member facilities since 2005; and 100 per cent of USTMA member companies support philanthropic activities.