BRUSSELS — The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers' Association welcomed Sumitomo Rubber Group as a new member at its latest Board of Directors meeting.
The tire maker officially became a Tyre Corporate Member at the Oct. 17 meeting through its affiliate, Falken Tyre Europe. Sumitomo inaugurated its Turkish tire plant at the end of 2015, according to the ETRMA.
Falken's membership will go into effect in January 2019, it said.
At the meeting, board members discussed issues of sustainable mobility and the tire industry's prospects for growth in Europe. In particular, board members stressed the importance of the industry taking a strong scientific approach to politically charged issues, especially the debate on how tire and road wear particles affect the environment.
The ETRMA has formed the European TRWP Platform, which was designed to form a shared view of current TWRP knowledge while collectively exploring potential mitigation measures, the association said.