JIANGSHU PROVINCE, China (Aug. 22, 2011)—A report on the website of China Rubber Industry Association tire makers from Jiangsu are finding it difficult to meet EU standards for tires both for rolling resistance and for REACH.
The report suggested that the new EU regulations may be, "another malicious EU trade barrier,” but even so, will improve the quality of Chinese-made tires for those who successfully meet the new standards.
The report said none of the local tire makers can make tires to reach the top EU rating for rolling resistance (A-rated), in summer tires. While the companies can make tires in the D rating category, these will prove difficult to sell in the EU market, said the report.
Spokesmen for various companies said that as global demand moves toward low rolling resistance tires, the pressure from EU legislators will drive local manufacturers to move toward higher technology products perhaps a little faster than they might otherwise have done.