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EU gives boost to retreaded tyre market

The European Commission has tried to give a boost to Europe’s tyre recycling industry by adopting global regulatory standards for retreaded tyres.

This renewal is particularly popular for heavier vehicles, such as trucks, buses and trailers, with more than 50% running on retreads in Europe.

But Brussels wants to boost their popularity and has made compulsory in the European Union (EU) the quality standard for retreading tyres set by a global regulation drafted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

These particularly focus on safety. A European Commission note said: “Consumer confidence in purchasing retreaded tyres will be enhanced by new standards for the retreading process and the final quality of such tyres.”

Furthermore, because EU retreading standards would now be harmonised with a global regulation, exports would be boosted. It added: “Tyre manufacturers can benefit from a wide market which extends far beyond the EU borders.”

http://europa.eu.int/comm/enterprise/automotive/pagesbackground/tyres.htm

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