Top Ten News of China Rubber Industry in 2012

1, rubber raw material prices continue to fluctuate, the industry brewing to establish a rubber stability fund

In 2012, the overall price of rubber raw materials fluctuates. The annual high price of natural rubber is around 30,000 yuan/ton, and the low point is around 20,000 yuan/ton. In response to the passive situation in which natural rubber prices have continued to fluctuate in recent years, and to reduce the volatility of natural rubber prices, the tire industry is brewing to establish a rubber stabilization fund.

2. The economic growth of the industry slows down, but the development tends to be stable

Due to the lack of global demand for growth, the continued spread of the European debt crisis, the slowdown in the development of emerging economies, and the lack of domestic impetus for economic growth, and other factors, China's rubber industry in 2012 slowed down its economic growth but showed steady growth. Although industry economic indicators have continued to fall, and there has been only one-digit growth over the years, they have obviously improved compared with the continuous narrowing trend of the previous year, and the development trend is stable.

3, natural rubber import tariff reduction

On December 17, 2012, the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council issued the “Circular on the Tariff Implementation Plan for 2013”. Since January 1, 2013, import tariffs on natural rubber that are widely concerned by the rubber industry have been lowered. Among them, the provisional rate of natural rubber latex in 2013 was 10% or 720 yuan/ton, both from low, the same as in 2012; smoke tablet rubber and technical classification of natural rubber were both 20% or 1200 yuan/ton, both from low The specific taxes decreased by 400,800 yuan/ton compared with 2012 respectively. At present, about 80% of China's natural rubber depends on imports. Tariff reduction is the policy that the majority of rubber companies have been looking forward to.

4, the EU tire labeling law was formally implemented

On November 1, 2012, the European Union's tire labeling law was formally implemented, that is, tires sold in the EU must be labeled to indicate the tire's rolling resistance, noise, and wet grip level. The implementation of the labeling method has, on the one hand, raised the threshold for the export of Chinese tires, and on the other hand has also accelerated the greening of Chinese tires. Domestic tire companies attach great importance to this and have been actively responding to them in recent years. According to a sample survey of some large domestic tire companies, the rolling resistance of passenger tires is mostly EF grade, and most of them can meet the requirements of the EU's first phase. According to the national survey of heavy-duty tyres, about 70% of heavy-duty tyres can meet the minimum requirements for rolling resistance in the first phase of the EU. The EU also made a positive assessment of China's tire assessment.

5. Launch of Green Tire Industrialization Project

In response to the implementation of the European Union's tire labeling regulations, it also promoted the industrialization of green tires in China and accelerated the upgrading of tire product quality and structural adjustment. With the support of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China's green tire industrialization project was officially launched. The China Rubber Industry Association proposed the "Green Tire Industrialization Work Plan (Draft for Soliciting Opinions)" and the "Green Tire Industry Research" project was formally established in the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. It is expected that the research in the first half of 2013 and the "Green Tire Self-discipline Standard" will be completed. .

6, Tire test site construction on the agenda

The construction of a tire testing ground is an important part of realizing the industrialization of green tires. The importance and urgency of the major tire companies for building a tire testing ground have reached a high level. Many companies or institutions are already investing in the construction of tire test sites in different ways. At the same time, the tire industry also reached a consensus to adopt a government-sponsored, association-led, enterprise-owned stock, and third-party management approach to build a tire testing facility that serves the industry.

7. A batch of standard regulations issued or completed

In order to strengthen process management, improve product quality, and further strengthen industry self-discipline, the China Rubber Industry Association has formulated and issued the "Technical Code for Meridian Tire Technology". The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology formally issued the "Admission Requirements for Tyre Refurbishment Industry" and "Access Conditions for the Comprehensive Utilization of Waste Tires" to further regulate the development order of the comprehensive utilization of waste tires. The state officially promulgated the "Regulations on the Recall of Defective Automobile Products" and implemented it on January 1, 2013. The recall of tires is also included. The Regulation on the Recall of Defective Automobile Tire Products (Draft 1) is being solicited for comments. The "Tire Distribution Business Management Standards (Claims) and "Technical Requirements for Tire Claims Appraisers" revised and prepared by the China Rubber Industry Association and the Center for Business Technology Quality have been reported to the Ministry of Commerce for approval. The two national standards of “Energy Consumption Limits for Tire Unit Products” and “Energy Consumption Limits for Carbon Black Unit Products” have passed the review of the National Energy Infrastructure and Technology Standardization Technical Committee and form a draft for approval, which will be released soon.

8. China Rubber Industry Association completes the change

On October 25, 2012, the China Rubber Industry Association held its eighth member congress in Hangzhou and successfully completed the reelection of the association to form a new council. The conference voted Deng Yaxuan as the president of the eighth council of the China Rubber Industry Association, and Xu Wenying as the secretary general. Fan Rende, the president of the seventh council, was elected honorary chairman of the eighth council of the China Rubber Association. The meeting elected five senior vice presidents and 25 vice presidents.

9. The end of the US tire special security case, followed by other international trade frictions

The US tire special security case was formally terminated on September 26th, benefiting Chinese tire exports to the United States. However, the rubber industry still faces increasing pressure from international trade friction. In 2012, many countries launched anti-dumping investigations on Chinese rubber products. The China Rubber Industry Association quickly and effectively organized domestic companies to respond to India's special protection against China Carbon Black, Colombia's anti-dumping measures against Huaka Bus tyres, anti-dumping of Brazilian motorcycle tyres against China, anti-dumping of Argentine-China vulcanized rubber conveyor belts and other cases.

10. Accelerate the process of merger and reorganization and internationalization

In 2012, domestic rubber companies accelerated the process of mergers and acquisitions and international operations. A number of companies have achieved mergers and acquisitions through mergers and acquisitions and other measures; several companies have achieved international operations through acquisitions and investments in Europe, the United States, Russia, India, and Southeast Asia, accelerating the diversification of Chinese rubber companies. .

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