BEIJING (Feb. 6, 2012)—China Rubber Industries Association is forecasting China's tire industry will make 483 million tires this year, and increase of about 6 percent from 2011.
China's tire industry produced more than 456 million tires in 2011, up 3 percent over 2010. Of these, 398 million were radials tires, the CRIA said, and of those, 90.5 million were all-steel radial truck tires.
A key focus for the Chinese industry is to build brand strength, the report said.
Other priorities CRIA outlined for the country's tire industry included:
* Investment priorities should be steered toward developing high-performance, high value-added green tires such as those for electric vehicles, aircraft tires, giant off-the-road and agricultural tires.
* Encourage consolidation of the industry, as enterprise groups have competitive advantages of integration of resources and brand advantages.
* Ban investment in new or expanded capacities for bias-ply tires and eliminate capacities for bias tires of 500,000 units a year or less.
* Encourage industry, academia and research to work together on basic research and development of major technology projects and to speed up the construction of a national comprehensive tire proving ground;
* Support efforts to develop green tires, especially considering integration with the European Union tire labeling law;
* Encourage efforts to promote the coordinated development of related industries and the tire industry;
* Support the development and application of new materials in green additives, carbon black, steel cord, rubber, rubber machinery and equipment and other related enterprises; and
* Continue to advocate against trade barriers, both those directly affecting tires and those affecting raw materials, especially natural rubber.