On May 30, the members of BIPAVER met in Cologne for the annual General Assembly. The 25 attendants represented almost all association, supplier and associated members. After a warm welcome from the president, Patrick Sjölin, an update on various regulatory developments which affect the European retread industry was given by Michael Schwämmlein, technical consultant. Such as provisional anti-dumping measures, labelling of retreaded tyres, 3PMSF-marking regulation and the implementation of ECE R106 (agricultural tyres).
Then some market developments were discussed, followed by a discussion on the association’s strategy. In four subgroups, the participants shared their thoughts on membership, key activities, funding and external developments. The outcomes will be used by the board of BIPAVER to develop and propose a strategy for the future. All members agreed that, regardless of the outcomes of the current regulatory developments, there will be enough to do for BIPAVER to secure the future of independent retreading!
Finally, Jukka Lankolainen (Finland) was appointed as the new president, and Tim Hercock (UK) the new vice-president of BIPAVER. The meeting was concluded with a delicious lunch, offered by BRV.
The next General Assembly is planned at the AUTOPROMOTEC 2019, by invitation of AIRP.