The board of directors of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association has announced that Franco Annunziato, Bridgestone vice president and senior advisor, is to continue as president of the organization. Joan Vicenç Durán (below), from Consorcio Nacional de Industriales del Caucho, has been elected vice president.
The board emphasized the need for the rubber industry to work with policymakers at all level and with the appropriate sense of urgency to identify the most suitable measures to ensure the safeguard of jobs, manufacturing and innovation through an enhanced focus on its green and digital footprint.
Annunziato, on accepting the extension of his presidency, stated, “When I started my mandate three years ago the global context was significantly different. We are now living in unprecedented times and still struggling to fence the impacts of a lingering crisis that has unclear horizons.
“The tire industry believes it can bring a significant contribution to the policy objectives of the European economy geared to creating a safer, decarbonized and more digital mobility in Europe.”
The ETRMA’s secretary general, Fazilet Cinaralp, said of the appointments, “This election comes at a very specific and decisive social-economic time, where our industry and our society are asking for a strong commitment to contribute to the post Covid-19 recovery plan.
“The tire and rubber industry has a relevant role to play and I welcome the opportunity to assure continuity in the key actions we are bringing forward. Our capacity to greening mobility, to improve the circular economy and to unlock new markets for services, leveraging on the tyre-as-a-service regulatory framework, is untapped.”