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Helping hand

News that Double Star, China’s mid-ranking tyre manufacturer on the world scale is to partner with Europe’s relative new boy Zenises in a new European joint-venture.

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Support for retreading

In what is being portrayed a sign of hope for retreading the European Commission has proposed a change of emphasis in the way it approaches anti-dumping and unfair subsidy rules. The Commission is proposing a new way of assessing dumping on imports from countries where ‘for example’ there is known clear over capacity.

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Playing the Game

Everywhere, the options of what to do with our waste tyres are diminishing as annual volumes (known as arisings) increase. Right now, freight rates ex Europe are rising and favoured destinations for our waste rubber such as Indian sub-continent and East Asia have only a limited appetite for more. Sadly, the export of tyre waste, often at very low cost has itself undermined preferred market solutions such as granulation and incineration by cement kilns. The un-nerving truth is that adequate new uses for tyre-derived and recyclate are just not coming along as quickly as we would like.

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Waste Tyres, Narrowing Options

A combination of factors affecting our capacity to deal with all our old tyres is starting to cause concern. Traditional disposal routes like cement kilns have other perhaps more profitable burn options, even if they still have the wherewithal to take tyres while exporting them is also becoming more difficult. This is a picture which is repeating itself across Europe and way beyond.

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Regulation and Responsibility

Britain’s tyre recyclers and retreaders are threatened with draconian new storage regulations which could put many out of business. The TRA is pleading for a more proportionate approach. Since 2006 Britain’s tyre industry has faced a near 100% reuse or…

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Rent a Tyre

Well why not? We think nothing about renting or leasing a car or even a bicycle – and plenty of other things. In Britain, larger ticket items like washing machines and fridge freezers can also be rented. There are two…

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The end of Essen

For years now Europe’s biggest and best tyre show has been held every other May in the modest little German town of Essen. Modest indeed, Essen’s hotels were notoriously overpriced during show times and equally notoriously ‘modest’ in the facilities…

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Inflating the Truth

The outbreak of honesty amongst our carmakers is spreading with Mitsubishi and Suzuki now raising their corporate hands and no doubt bowing to their suddenly impoverished shareholders. When buying a new car it is bad enough to find that its…

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No place to hide

With even smaller counties now having to face up to the challenge of tyre recycling the options are starting to look just a bit limited. Yes, there is incineration (with energy recovery) where the facility exists, granulation (where a market…

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Recycling News

The failure of our tyre makers to give more thought to the recyclability of their products is again evidenced in the difficulties experienced in dealing with worn-out self-sealing tyres. Not only do many tyre makers discourage the retreading of these…

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