Tag: European Union

UK-EU transition deal ‘crucial’ for automotive industry – NFDA

20th March 2018 | 0 Comments

The NFDA has welcomed the latest transition period agreement between the UK and European Union.

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European retreading market loses further ground to imports

10th March 2018 | 0 Comments

A quarter of all truck tyres currently sold in Europe are imported, and as the manufacturers of these products don’t operate production facilities within the region, the tyres aren’t reported in Europool. The extreme nervousness these truck tyre imports are causing some corners of the market can be seen in the European Commission’s anti-dumping proceedings against bus and truck tyres originating in China, which began last summer. Usually the free trade-specialised EU favours other technical or qualitative restrictions to entry into the European market, such as the EU tyre label or other standards, yet as figures from the ETRMA frighteningly illustrate, such measures have no effect on the pressure placed upon European retreading by cheap Far Eastern tyres.

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Natural Rubber classified a ‘critical raw material’ by EU

27th September 2017 | 0 Comments

The importance of unimpeded access to natural rubber has been acknowledged by the European Union, which has added the raw material to its Critical Raw Material List. the decision was made with the support of the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA), which contributed to the process of revising the List. The association has since welcomed the inclusion of natural rubber in the 2017 List, which is valid for three years.

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Anti-dumping – EC to investigate Chinese tyre imports to Europe

Anti-dumping – EC to investigate Chinese tyre imports to Europe

11th August 2017 | 0 Comments

The European Commission has issued notice that it will initiate an anti-dumping proceeding focusing on imports of truck and bus tyres originating in the People's Republic of China. The Commission is taking this course of action as a result of a complaint received on 30 June by the “coalition against unfair tyres imports,” a group representing the interests of manufacturers who account for more than 45 per cent of all new and retreaded truck and bus tyre production in the European Union.

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NFDA and ICDP publish ‘Life After Brexit’ discussion paper

28th June 2017 | 0 Comments

The National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) and ICDP have published ‘Life after Brexit: challenges and opportunities for UK automotive retail’. The discussion paper analyses challenges, outlines priorities and investigates opportunities that are likely to appear for the retail auto industry as the post Brexit situation emerges.

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Hope for Europe’s retreaders – EC proposes anti-dumping legislation changes

Hope for Europe’s retreaders – EC proposes anti-dumping legislation changes

14th November 2016 | 0 Comments

Imports of truck tyres into Europe have significantly increased over the past five years and have devoured market share formerly held by local players, particularly European retreaders. Detailed analyses on this phenomenon can be found here and here.

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Tougher EU standards to reduce vehicle emissions

22nd August 2016 | 0 Comments

The UK may have voted to leave Europe, but for the time being we are still subject to European regulations. The EU says that tougher CO2 standards for cars and vans will be introduced to help cut transport emissions and improve air quality in Europe. They form part of a package of measures announced by the European Commission, which for the first time will also include fuel efficiency targets for trucks.

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Brexit vote means uncertainty for motor trade – Scotlands Ash Garage

Brexit vote means uncertainty for motor trade – Scotlands Ash Garage

17th August 2016 | 0 Comments

With the nation voting to leave the European Union, the proprietor of Scotlands Ash Garage in Didcot, Peter Welch, is beginning to assess the implications this has for independent garages, stressing the importance of transferring EU legislation into UK law.

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The Brexit effect: certain uncertainty

The Brexit effect: certain uncertainty

28th June 2016 | 0 Comments

Markets hate uncertainty. So it was no surprise that the pound fell to its lowest point in 30 years and the FTSE (as well as other European stock markets) took something of a beating in the immediate aftermath of the UK’s 23 June referendum decision to leave the European Union. But these were just the initial reactions. As we went to press (a few days after the Brexit vote), the FTSE has recovered, but not to pre-Brexit levels, while the pound remains at a 30-year low. A rally of this kind could be a sign of a return to stability. It could point to a new, upward trajectory. It could be the calm before the storm. But who knows? Now the British public has spoken, the question is: what does Brexit mean for tyres?

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Goodyear highlights effects of truck tyre choice on CO2 emissions

Goodyear highlights effects of truck tyre choice on CO2 emissions

2nd June 2016 | 0 Comments

Goodyear has added its voice to the debate on the integrated efforts to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the transport industry. The tyre manufacturer points out the effect that recent truck tyre developments have had on significantly reducing CO2 emissions made by commercial vehicles. It also highlights the effectiveness of the EU tyre label in achieving CO2 reduction across the transport industry.

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EU tyre label under scrutiny – authorities begin 24-month project

EU tyre label under scrutiny – authorities begin 24-month project

8th April 2016 | 0 Comments

One of the chief criticisms of the European tyre label since its introduction in November 2012 is the absence of effective third-party control; abuse is inevitable in a system that allows tyre manufacturers to evaluate their own products. The Market Surveillance Action on Tyres 2015 (MSTYR15), a project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon2020 programme and coordinated by the Product Safety Forum of Europe (PROSAFE), aims to bring accountability into tyre labelling.

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Brexit would mean ‘significant uncertainty’ over used car values, says Glass’s

16th March 2016 | 0 Comments

One of the less-frequently discussed consequences of the UK leaving the EU after June’s referendum is the effect on used car values, but leading vehicle data provider Glass’s says that there would be "significant uncertainty", should this be the outcome, but points out that there are virtually no precedents on which to base the likely impact of a Brexit.

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RHA: waiting for Calais death simply not an option – video

13th November 2015 | 0 Comments

The Road Haulage Association has restated the seriousness of the situation at Calais, France, where it says “growing numbers of migrants… are becoming increasingly frustrated that their efforts to gain access to UK-bound trucks are being thwarted.” While Calais has slipped from the headlines somewhat since its July peak, the RHA says the problems have not gone away. The association says the measures currently being taken are not enough to protect drivers. Two days ago Calais police said officers monitoring the 6000-strong camp near the Port were pelted with rocks as migrants repeatedly tried to block roads leading to the main ferry terminal.

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MEPs urge EU Commission to get tough on emissions fraudsters

2nd November 2015 | 0 Comments

Emissions testing fraud should be investigated thoroughly and those responsible should face appropriate sanctions, said MEPs in a resolution passed on Tuesday 27 October. They said that the EU emissions testing system should be strengthened to ensure that EU emission limits are respected and that vehicles exceeding these limits are discovered quickly. They also recommended considering whether to establish an EU-level surveillance authority.

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Calais death underlines need for action, says FTA

7th July 2015 | 0 Comments

The FTA has told David Cameron that the death of a migrant on a freight train at Calais highlights the need for urgent action to tackle chaos at the port. Following weeks of violent disturbances, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has written to the prime minister describing the situation as a “deplorable”.  FTA has told the PM that conditions for drivers have reached unacceptable levels and the situation must be given urgent priority by the British and French governments.  A resolute and determined plan must be put in place.

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