The US Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) released its first US Industry Sustainability Report presenting its members’ collective progress and shared vision for a sustainable US tyre manufacturing industry.
The report highlights various industry accomplishments such as the following:
–81% of scrap tyres went to beneficial end uses in 2017;
–Member facilities have made an almost 10% reduction in CO2 emissions since 2010;
–Nearly 90% of US member facilities are certified under ISO 14001, the internationally recognized system for managing a facility’s environmental footprint;
–50% reduction in injury and illness rates at member facilities since 2005;
–100% of USTMA member companies support philanthropic activities.
The report also notes areas in which the industry is working to drive progress, including advancing safety through innovation in the development of tyre technologies such as run-flat, self-sealing, airless and self-inflating tyres and development of sensors, chips and tags that can be embedded in a tyre’s tread groove, enabling access to real-time information on tyre temperature, pressure and tread wear.
USTMA’s 12 member-companies operate 56 tyre-related manufacturing facilities in 17 states and generate over $27 billion in annual sales and $11.3 billion in annual federal tax revenue. Tyre manufacturing directly support more than a quarter million US jobs totaling almost $20 billion in wages, USTMA says in a Press release.