The first and the only event to date providing information on the introduction of the ECE 109 regulation was held in Turkey recently – organised by Tatko Otomotive Istanbul. Besides the experts from KRAIBURG Austria, the distributor invited 40 customers to Ankara who are affected by the regulation - which instruct the retreaders, how retreaded tires should produced and should be tested. The Turkish retreaders have been given just six months to meet the requirements. Tatko has already been certified as conforming to ECE 109 for its own retreading business for three years. The regulation was made official in 2009. Now, for the first time, a representative of the Ministry of Transport has explained the details for its introduction and implementation. In this context he praised the quality of the KRAIBURG retreading material. In another presentation a representative of the TSE (Türk Standartlar Enstitüsü = Institute of Turkish Standards) went into detailed information about the necessary checks. The advice and experience of the KRAIBURG retreading specialists were in demand when the subject turned to the consequences of failing to declare tyres correctly. Sales Manager Ben van der List gave examples from the business in Germany and the Netherlands and explained the financial consequences. The 40 Tatko customers realised that they now have to act as swiftly as possible and that they have to invest, make test tyres and submit the necessary applications. KRAIBURG will naturally be providing support for its Turkish retreading partners. Dirk Rau, Head of the Technical Service Centre, was also at the event for this reason and already has further tests scheduled for the end of January.
Holger Düx, Head of Sales and Marketing, Retreads Division
KRAIBURG Austria GmbH & Co. KG, January 2013