BRUSSELS—The European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association (ETRMA) and six other European organizations have formally agreed to establish European Research & Rubber Laboratories (ERRLAB), the ETRMA announced.
According to the ETRMA, ERRLAB is an informal network for research and testing in rubber applications.
“ERRLAB's objective is to share resources and expertise in order to provide an ever better and complete technical service to the European rubber manufacturing industry, with a special attention to small and medium enterprises,” the ETRMA said in a Jan. 26 press release.
ERRLAB will offer aid to rubber manufacturers in the fields of environment, health and safety, research and development, testing and certification, the ETRMA said.
Besides the ETRMA, participating organizations in ERRLAB include:
• Deutsches Institut fur Kautschuktechnologie e.V., an international reference institution for rubber technology founded in Germany in 1984;
• Laboratoire de Recherche et de Controle du Caoutchouc et des Plastiques, a French rubber and plastics research institute founded in 1942;
• Laboratorio per la Certificazione e Ricerca sui Sistemi Elastomerici, an Italian laboratory for research and development in elastomers founded in 1974;
• Assogomma, the Italian rubber manufacturers' association founded in 1945;
• Syndicat National du Caoutchouc et des Polymeres, the French rubber manufacturers' association founded in 1863; and
• Wirtschaftsverband der Deutschen Kautschukindustrie, the German rubber manufacturers' association founded in 1894.