The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) has published its position on the Low Emission Mobility Strategy made public by the European Commission last July. The ETRMA position document can be read here.
Unit sales of replacement market car and two-wheeler tyres from members of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association remained flat in the third quarter of 2016, while unit sales of aftermarket commercial vehicle and agricultural tyres declined.
Replacement tyre sales figures for European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association members show the market for their products in the second quarter of 2016 was less dynamic than in the first. The ETRMA notes that this was particularly the case for consumer tyres in the month of June, when sales declined by two per cent.
Cornelia Tietz is the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association’s new director for EHS and Climate Action. In this role, Tietz will primarily focus on tasks and topics related to energy, climate change, health and safety and the environment. She joins ETRMA after seven years at ReachCentrum and four at Cefic, where she was responsible both for coordination of different groups and in charge of carrying out analysis of regulatory developments in the chemical industry.
Sales of car, truck and two-wheeler tyres amongst European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association members increased year-on-year during the first quarter of 2016, however agricultural tyre sales continued to decline.
The association representing tyre manufacturers in Europe says its members experienced “mixed results” in the region’s replacement market during the first quarter of 2015. While companies belonging to the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association sold more passenger car tyres (up 1.9 per cent to 52,120,000 units) and motorcycle tyres (up 6.6 per cent to 3,297,000 units) in the first quarter of 2015 than a year earlier, both truck and agricultural tyre sales were down compared with the corresponding period in 2014; ETRMA members’ truck tyre sales decreased 0.74 per cent to 2,158,000 units and agricultural tyre sales dropped 12.8 per cent to 436,000 units.
On 26 January the LRCCP, DIK and CERISIE rubber laboratories from France, Germany and Italy respectively signed up to the ERRLAB – an informal network rubber research and testing in rubber facilities. As a result of the move more than 100 highly rubber specialized doctors, engineers and technicians are committed to the project.
The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association reports that its members’ car, truck and two-wheel tyre sales increased year-on-year in 2014, while agricultural tyre sales were down. Results for the fourth quarter alone were less positive, and the ETRMA comments they “further confirmed the downturn in sales registered in the third quarter of the year.” The exception to this was sales of motorcycle tyres, which remained positive all the way through 2014. The association opines that the lower results towards the end of the year may be linked to lacklustre winter tyre sales due to the mild winters experienced on the continent for the last couple of years.