USTMA Appoints New Director of Government Affairs


The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) has appointed Sean Moore as director of government affairs.

In this role, Moore will guide strategy for USTMA’s federal government affairs program and lead the association’s state advocacy efforts working with member companies and allied organizations.

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NHTSA restarts effort to upgrade NCAP


WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will gather comments at a public meeting next month on how to improve a program that helps consumers make decisions on new-vehicle purchases by providing comparative information on the safety of vehicles. The agency is nearly two years behind schedule meeting a congressional mandate to list crash avoidance information next to crashworthiness information on new-vehicle window stickers.

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TIA, retreaders take message to Capitol Hill


WASHINGTON — The estate tax, infrastructure funding, taxation of online sales, health care, scrap tires, right-to-repair and import tariffs were among the issues discussed June 20 on Capitol Hill as more than 100 Tire Industry Association members from…

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U.S. tariff study raises concerns from 40 countries at WTO meeting


GENEVA — Major U.S. trading partners including the European Union, China and Japan voiced deep concern at the World Trade Organization about possible U.S. measures imposing additional duties on imported autos and parts. Japan, which along with Russia had initiated the discussion at the WTO Council on Trade in Goods, warned that such measures could trigger a spiral of counter-measures and result in the collapse of the rules-based multilateral trading system, an official who attended the meeting said. Over 40 WTO members, including the 28 countries of the EU warned on Tuesday that the U.S. action could seriously …

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U.S. companies can escape Trump’s steel tariffs. But it won’t be easy.

President Trump is ready to escalate his trade war with China by imposing tariffs on almost all Chinese goods shipped to the United States. But his administration is still struggling to manage a pair of smaller trade actions announced more than three months ago, casting doubt on the president’s ability to wage a broader conflict.

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Registration for Ontario Tire Producers Opens on July 3

Most stewards in the current Ontario Tire Stewardship program will be legally required to register with the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority by August 31, 2018. The Authority will open its Registry to tire producers on July 3, 2018 to accommodate producers registration and reporting deadline in the Tires Regulation. Producer responsibility organizations (PROs) will also be able to register at that time.


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How Canada could compete for new auto investment


Canada’s auto industry could be on a slippery slope to extinction unless major changes in government policy and attitudes about investment are enacted to save it, experts say. The significant decline thus far is due in large part to increased competition from cheaper places to do business such as the southern United States and especially Mexico. Low-price labour and numerous free-trade agreements have driven automakers to build new plants in that country.

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Exclusive: Facing U.S. blowback, Beijing softens ‘Made in China 2025’ message


BEIJING (Reuters) – Beijing has begun downplaying Made in China 2025, the state-backed industrial policy that has provoked alarm in the West and is core to Washington’s complaints about the country’s technological ambitions, diplomatic and Chinese state media sources said.

With a full-blown trade war looming amid U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to impose tariffs on up to $450 billion in Chinese imports, his administration has fixed on Beijing’s signature effort to deploy state support to close a technology gap in 10 key sectors.

Beijing is increasingly mindful that its rollout of the ambitious plan has triggered U.S. backlash.

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Trump is planning to stop China taking over American firms — and it’s another blow for the 2 countries’ relationship


A new measure set to be implemented by the US Treasury Department could deepen the growing gulf between the US and China when it comes to their trade relationship.

According to a Wall Street Journal report on Sunday, the Treasury is planning to introduce new curbs on the Chinese ownership of US technology firms, which would effectively amount to a ban on Chinese firms buying up American ones.

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Shortages, price rises to follow tariffs on Chinese TBRs


Cologne, Germany – Europe’s TBR market is likely to see shortages and price rises into early next year in response to the EU ‘s recent imposition of provisional tariffs on Chinese tires, according to Stephan Helm, chairman of German tire retail trades association the BRV.

“With the anti-dumping tariff situation that we have right now, a lot of the orders in the last quarter have stopped,” Help said at the Future Tire Conference, held 30-31…

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