BRUSSELSThe European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association (ETRMA) has laid out in a new document its recommendations to the European Parliament and the European Commission for assuring the tire industry remains a stronghold of European manufacturing.
The document, Vision 2030, encourages the EU and EC to work on enforcing legislation and compliance as well as promoting industrial competitiveness through affordable energy and international trade. The association states in the document that the tire is the most strictly regulated vehicle part in the EU.
The Vision 2030 document also aims to maintain the EU's lead in terms of design, manufacturing process and performance, by increasing the availability of EU funding for (collaborative) research programs.
Such programs, it said, will leverage industrial investments, create synergies and secure Europe's technological lead.
Another item on the to-do list was to guarantee regulatory predictability in the EU.
To that end, the EU will need to take account of the impact of policies in different fields that may entail technology trade-offs for the tire industry.
A careful balance is needed between ambitious climate and traffic noise policy objectives on the one hand, and road safety targets on the other, the report added. These objectives must also be set in a way which is not prescriptive, and respects technology neutrality.
The ETRMA has 12 global tire makers as its members with 90 tire plants and 16 research and development centers located in the EU. The industry produces roughly 300 million passenger tires and 17 million truck tires annually, employing about 200,000 workers.
By sharing our Vision for 2030, we want to highlight to the European institutions and key policy makers the importance and the needs of an industry which contributes to European competitiveness, jobs and growth and which is a key enabler of sustainable mobility and safer road transport, said Fazilet Cinaralp, ETRMA secretary general.