Tire Industry Project Welcomes New Affiliate Members

The Tire Industry Project (TIP) has announced that it has welcomed the Australian Tyre Industry Council (ATIC), the British Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (BTMA), and the Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (ATMA) of India as Affiliate Members.

 TIP Affiliate Members engage with TIP to strengthen the global tyre industry’s issue sensing and engagement on topics within the scope of TIP’s Mission, but do not contribute to the governance of the Project.

 “We are pleased to welcome ATIC, ATMA and BTMA to our growing network,” said TIP Executive Director, Larisa Kryachkova. “Tire Trade Associations are instrumental to the realisation of a sustainable tyre value-chain, and their regional expertise and insights are invaluable in understanding regulatory developments and offering global approaches to tyre lifecycle sustainability. TIP builds strength with an increasingly diverse membership that is united by a vision of a world in which the tyre value chain has a positive impact on people and the planet.

 TIP is actively expanding its membership to continue to deliver upon its mission of anticipating understanding, and addressing global environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues relevant to the tyre industry and its value chain.  ATIC, ATMA and BTMA join the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA), the Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA), the Korea Tire Manufacturers Association (KOTMA), the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) and the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), who were named as Affiliate Members in January 2023.

 TIP was formed in 2005 with the commitment to a science-driven and collaborative approach to tyre-sector sustainability. In February 2022, TIP announced an evolution of its commitment to sustainability, which included a renewed mission, an updated governance structure and the active recruitment of new members.

Built upon the pillars of research, action and engagement and communication, the updated organisational structure and work program complements TIP’s sustainability-driven program of scientific research and other projects with enhanced action, stakeholder engagement and communication across a suite of ongoing and new projects relevant to ESG in the tyre sector. This includes a focus on tyre-emission research and mitigation, end-of-life tyre management and more effective sustainability assessments.

“Directors and Members of the Australian Tyre Industry Council are delighted that the cooperation, with WBCSD and TIP in particular has finally been formalised. The challenges faced by the tyre industry are becoming increasingly complex and global in their nature and their potential solutions. We have always held TIP in the highest esteem as one of the most active organisations in this domain. Personally, I very much look forward to working with international colleagues and staff from TIP in our common pursuit of a strong and sustainable reality for our industry,” said Silvio de Denaro, Chairman of the Council, ATIC.

“The Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (ATMA), India, is excited to join TIP as an Affiliate Member. TIP’s work plan, with an enhanced focus on sustainability-driven topics of interest and relevance to the global tyre industry, such as end-of-life tyres and tyre abrasion, will provide an excellent platform for discussion and research on areas of common interest as well as for best-practice sharing among stakeholders. We look forward to being a part of TIP discussions to address key ESG challenges and issues faced by the global tyre industry,” said Anshuman Singhania, Chairman, ATMA.

“Informal ties between the British Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (BTMA) and TIP have been developing over recent years. We are delighted to enter a fuller and more structured relationship and look forward to the mutual benefits this will bring,” said Graham Wilson, Chief Executive, BTMA.