Speaking about the new initiative, ITMA Director Peter Taylor said, "The tyre industry is facing a deluge of new Directives and Regulations and we must organise ourselves better in order to prepare to deal with them. By sharing our individual resources in this way we can have a big impact.
"Across the Union, our members account for up to 40 million units annually and we must not allow ourselves to be marginalised or seen wanting. The formation of this group will help us to serve our members better, encourage others to join and give us a unique, new voice." The group is comprised of tyre engineers and other specialists nominated by ITMA member companies from around the world; it has already held its first meeting. (Tyres & Accessories/Staffordshire, U.K.)