ECONOMYNEXT – International tire manufacturers are promoting the introduction of standardisation and traceability requirements in the rubber supply chain, an industry forum in the Sri Lankan capital was told.
The involvement of all stakeholders in the supply chain is crucial for the success of the initiative, said Andy Thomson of Bridgestone Engineered Products of Asia Sdn. Bhd.
“It is a multi-stakeholder approach – stakeholder involvement is crucial,” he told the World Rubber Summit 2018 in Colombo, held by the International Rubber Study Group in collaboration with the Ministry of Plantation Industries of the Government of Sri Lanka.
The initiative will involve rubber producers, including small holders, processors, traders, tire makers, other rubber buyers, environmental NGOs, and academic institutions.
“We hope to have the platform operating by the end of the year,” Thomson said. “Perhaps we could make an announcement at the IRSG meeting in Singapore in October.”
The initiative is under the Tire Industry Project (TIP), established in 2006, working under the umbrella of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
It aims to identify and address the potential health and environmental impacts of materials associated with tire making and use.
The project is chaired by the three largest tire manufacturers – Bridgestone (Japan), Goodyear (US) and Michelin (France) – and includes a total of eleven companies representing about 65% of the world's tire manufacturing capacity.
Jeff Schneider, director, Goodyear Orint Corporation Private Limited, said they want to focus on a near term effort.
“We need standardisation, and to take a risk-based approach to traceability,” he told the forum.
“We will work with small holders, training them, helping improve productivity, and set up processes for monitoring them to verify what they doing.”
(COLOMBO, May 08, 2018)