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03/05/2011
Oil free controls

ETRMA (the European Association of Manufacturers of Tyres and Articles in Rubber) carried out a programme for checking the presence of highly aromatic oils in tyres sold throughout the European Union. The results were announced in a press release.
In accordance with European regulation 1907/2006/EC (Reach), since 1 January 2010 these oils have been prohibited for tyres that are manufactured and sold on the European market. The analysis showed that 11% of the checked tyres did not conform. The tests were carried out on a sample of 110 tyres by 45 different brands sold in the main European Union countries. 12 tyres manufactured under 9 different brand names did not conform as they contained levels of aromatic oils prohibited by the Reach regulation and were therefore sold illegally on the European market.
The tests were performed on various types of tyres (for cars, light transport vehicles, motorcycles and heavy vehicles) manufactured in the main countries with production units both inside and outside the EU. The markings showed that these tyres were made in 16 countries, 9 of which in Europe and 7 outside Europe, for a total of 92 different production units. The 12 illegal tyres were all imported from outside Europe.
"If 11% is a worrying figure, it becomes disconcerting if we consider that every year something like 100 million tyres are imported and sold on the European market". - said ETRMA president Francesco Gori - "This could very well be just the tip of the iceberg".
The majority of tyre manufacturers in Europe and elsewhere have already changed to using oils with a very low aromatic content in observance of the European regulation. "All the tyres made within the European Union comply with the Reach regulation", Gori stated and added that "Ensuring that products totally conform to the Reach regulation involved considerable investment by ETRMA members, who spent over 100 million euros for this purpose".
ETRMA urges the European Union and national authorities to promote and increase controls to ensure that the laws in force are fully complied with. Certain authorities, such as those in the United Kingdom, have already announced projects aimed at the observance of the Reach regulation to ensure that tyres containing highly aromatic oils are banned.
The president of the European association requested "a clear, consistent and coordinated watchdog programme for the European market that would ensure all manufacturers that they are working on the same level. Legislation without a follow up and without checking its application is damaging. Allowing tyres that do not comply with the law to enter the European Union not only damages the credibility of European regulations, it also increases the risk that consumers will be misled and that illegal or inferior quality tyres will be sold or passed off as being equivalent to quality products".

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