BEIJING (May 23, 2011)—China's tire industry has started a quality improvement program at its plants, following quality issues at a Kumho tire facility in Tianjin, China.
A 15-point program was revealed at the China Rubber Industry Association's tire branch meeting May 18 by Executive Vice President Deng Yali. The plan will take effect at all tire factories.
Elements of the program include spot checks on quality; better sampling methods; strict market access based on certifications and strict penalties against those who breach the guidelines.
There also will be a new quality reporting system with procedures for voluntary recalls and a blacklist for those who break the rules either on quality or on financial reporting and credit issues.
The association said the program will be phased in throughout the year.