BOWIE, Md. (May 26, 2004) — The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has formed a Global Council and appointed internationally recognized tire industry veteran Anne Evans as its inaugural chairman.
TIA President Larry Morgan said the council “will pursue effective solutions for today's global tire industry. In today's world, our product is global by its very nature. Tires made in one country are freely shipped to another for use by original equipment manufacturers and by consumers in the replacement market. Trends set in Japan or Germany or Brazil or Canada then are quickly copied around the world.”
Ms. Evans is president and chief executive of Tyres 2000 Ltd. and chairman of EER Ltd., both of which are located in Hebron, Conn., with additional offices in the United Kingdom. The former is an international tire importer and exporter; the latter is a global consulting firm in the scrap tire recycling industry.
Bowie-based TIA said the Global Council will be launched at “Reifen Essen 2004”—a tire industry tradeshow held bi-annually in Essen, Germany—where the council will solicit membership and provide information.
Ms. Evans predicted the council “will attract members from around the world by offering services and products not available anywhere else.” Those services will include: Web and CD-based tire technician training and certification; an Internet-based global marketplace; an Internet-based events calendar and coordination; special features and activities at the World Tire Expo, planned for April 20-22, 2005, in Louisville, Ky.; a clearinghouse for information concerning environmentally-sensitive and commercially viable waste tire recycling and disposal; and subscription to TIA's Tire Industry Today publication, which will be delivered globally by e-mail.
“It is our goal to make the TIA Global Council the 'Voice of the Tire Industry' worldwide,” she said, “by building global communications within the tire industry and by expanding the presence of all our members in the global marketplace.”
Ms. Evans, active in the tire industry for 25 years, began importing and exporting tires into and from the U.S. 22 years ago. At the invitation of the British government, she was the developer of Elm Energy and Recycling (UK) Ltd., Britain's largest tire recycling company, and began her consulting business shortly afterward.
TIA said companies operated by Ms. Evans, a director of the association, have done business in dozens of countries worldwide. She also was recipient of TIA's 2003 Industry Pioneer Award for her activities in the global scrap tire industry.