GUIYANG, China (Nov. 2, 2011)—A meeting of China's Rubber Industry Association has outlined the future development of the country's industry, seeking to become a power in the world rubber industry.
Fan Rende, president of the CRIA, said the global economy is in a turbulent time and this is affecting growth of the rubber industry. He also pointed to problems at Kumho Tire Co. Inc.'s Tianjin tire factory and said this should act as a spur to all participants to improve quality in the industry.
Earlier this year, a Chinese national TV program exposed what it claimed were poor practices in the mixing room at Kumho's Tianjin plant.
Rende pointed to the development of Rubber Valley and said China would build a Tire City to help Chinese companies develop technologies and branding expertise to win a powerful place in the world economy.
In a seven-point plan, he called for Chinese companies to:
— Look to their quality and develop management and production practices;
— Ensure good quality;
— Create low-rolling resistance tires;
— Build a strong, worthwhile R&D base in the country to support future developments;
— Speed the construction of the country's Rubber Valley region in Qingdao;
— Optimize production of natural rubber and gutta-percha (a form of natural rubber introduced to the West in 1843);
— Extend co-operation with the international rubber industry; and
— Create a positive rubber exhibition and conference in China.