Chief executives of tire manufacturing associations in Europe, Canada, Japan, Korea and the U.S. met in Washington, D.C. to discuss key issues facing the industry.

This is the second time the group has met in person. The first was in Geneva about a year ago. The group agreed that it will meet again in person, and also meet less formally via conference calls "as issues of importance arise."

The two-day summit June 5-6, 2018, was attended by:

  • Fazilet Cinaralp from the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA);
  • Glenn Maidment of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC);
  • Kenji Kurata from the Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association, Inc. (JATMA);
  • Yun Tae-gun from the Korean Tire Manufacturers Association (KOTMA); and
  • Anne Forristall Luke of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA).

Major topics included industry commitments in sustainability and environmental stewardship, the comprehensive global regulatory landscape and a platform for increased dialogue.

In a statement issued by the group, the leaders said, “Our associations comprise the leading worldwide tire companies representing a majority of the world’s tire manufacturing capacity. Engaging in a global dialogue around existing and emerging issues and developing a shared vision for growth and sustainability is important to advancing our mutual commitment to ensuring the tire manufacturing industry’s positive societal impacts. Our meeting facilitated robust discussions, enhanced our industry associations, and presented a macro perspective on matters impacting our global operating environment."

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