Europe’s automakers are calling for immediate support from the European Union and member states after suffering a production loss that could render companies short of cash in just weeks. In a statement on Tuesday, industry association ACEA demanded “strong and coordinate action” to aid manufacturers, their suppliers and dealers who face a “severe” financial hit.
DUNDEE, Scotland—Michelin’s passenger tire plant in Dundee, targeted for closure by year-end, instead immediately will close permanently due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ROVERETO, Italy—With Italy in lockdown due to COVID-19, Marangoni Retreading Systems will rely on operations in Germany to continue servicing customers.
Brussels – The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers Association has called for support measures to mitigate the increasingly severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Europe’s tire industry.
Health concerns, supply shortages, low demand and government restrictions have led many ETRMA member companies to announce temporary closures of their European manufacturing facilities.
The outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), which originated in Wuhan, China in end-December 2019, is fast spreading its tentacles across the world and is having a major impact on all aspects of society, including the automotive industry. All through January and February, automakers and their suppliers have been scrambling to keep vehicle assembly lines humming but March has seen the industry take concerted action, in sync with government advisories, to keep its personnel safe.
Brussels – The European Tyre Recycling Association (ETRA) has postponed its 27th annual conference to early September amid the outbreak of Covid-19 (coronavirus) in Europe.
Originally planned for 25-27 March, the event will investigate market obstacles and new market partnerships after 2020, the ETRA said in a 9 March statement.
On the evening of 10 March, Pirelli announced that one of the employees at its Turin factory has tested positive for Covid-19. The third statement in two days from Pirelli said that company was informed by the family of an employee at its Settimo Torinese factory, with the subsequent confirmation of healthcare authorities. In response, the company has slowed down production, but says that it continues to guarantee supply to clients:
Frankfurt, Germany –Germany’s rubber industry is set for zero-growth in 2020, after a 4.2% year-on-year decline to €11 billion in 2019, the WDK has forecast.
Both the tire industry and technical rubber segment posted a decrease in sales for last year, according to the German rubber industry association.
Tire deliveries fell 4.4% to €4.5 billion and technical rubber sales dropped 4% to €6.4 billion, said a WdK industry survey issued 4 March.
The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) is committed to analyse all aspects related to unintentionally released tyre and road wear particles (TRWP) and their impact on the environment. Our members are fully engaged in building scientific knowledge on the generation and transportation of these particles and are working towards finding practical solutions for reducing their impact. It is important to remember that TRWP are an approximately 50:50 mixture of tyre tread and road surface materials and the crucial role tyres play for sustainable mobility in terms of road safety and efficiency.
To build a more sustainable business, Apollo Vredestein has plans to limit production at its plant in Enschede, the Netherlands, to focus on high-performance tires only. Within the current operating environment certain tire sizes can no longer continue being manufactured in Enschede at a profitable and competitive level. The aim is to specialize the factory in production of agricultural tires and high-value products with a short production run.