ATMA to set standards for NR quality
The Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (ATMA) and the Rubber Board will soon define the quality standards of domestic natural rubber that tyre manufacturers in India will need in the mid- and long-terms (3-10 years).
This was revealed by ATMA Chairman Satish Sharma after a meeting of the stakeholders in which the rubber growers questioned tyre makers’ sudden focus on quality. Rubber growers felt that the domestic tyre industry had not defined the quality it expected from them.
Sharma said that ATMA has formed a team to study the issue and over the next three months, the tyre industry will let the rubber growers know about the quality standards it will want from them.
Sharma said the Prime Minister’s Office wants to study the rubber sector and has sought ATMA’s suggestions. Besides, the government wants the tyre industry to focus on the Northeast region in order to develop more rubber-producing zones.
ATMA has commissioned a team that is presently studying the rubber ecosystem in the region. It will come out with its findings in the next few months.
“Earlier, militancy and law-and-order issues prohibited us from studying the potential there. Now, with law and order in place, and as the government has a ‘Look East’ policy, there is an opportunity to develop a road map for the rubber sector in the region,” Sharma pointed out.