BRUSSELS—The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers Association is calling on the European Union and authorities from European nations to enact policies that will help European tire manufacturers through the coronavirus pandemic.
"The increasingly severe impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on our societies and economy is unlike anything we have seen before," the ETRMA said in a March 24 press release.
"Health concerns, supply shortages, low demand and government measures have led the European tire industry to take decisive action," the association said.
The industry is taking all necessary steps to protect their employees and communities, including the temporary closure of tire production facilities, according to the ETRMA.
"The suspension of the main operational activities will undoubtedly have severe, long-lasting reverberations for our industry," ETRMA Secretary General Fazilet Cinaralp said in statement. "This is one of the biggest challenges our industry has ever faced, and it is as yet unclear when the European tire industry will be able to resume its production activities and the international supply chain will be up and running again."