HANOVER, Germany (June 29, 2012)—Continental has said all its truck tires will have official consumer labels starting July 1. These labels will be mandatory in Europe beginning Nov. 1.
The Hanover-based manufacturer tested about 500 truck and bus tires in accordance with the test methods prescribed by the EU to determine all relevant figures and classify each type in all sizes according to energy efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise.
Continental has now integrated all measured tire data into existing internal and external SAP-supported computer systems and made it available to retailers.
Unlike car and transporter tires, there will not be an EU label sticker on the actual truck and bus tires. Instead Continental and the sales partners will list the data in the technical documents for the products, in the sales rooms, on the Internet and on invoices.
The EU directive 1222/2009 for obligatory labeling of new tires will come into force Nov. 1. For tires that are produced after July 1 and sold after Nov. 1, the measured values must be indicated in accordance with the EU tire label regulation. This applies for all car, transporter, truck and bus tires sold in Europe.