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All systems go for ARC 2018

All systems go for ARC 2018

The support from Malaysia’s Ministry of Transport and also the sponsoring from Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) have given a boost to the second Asian Retread Conference (ARC 2018), which will be held at Sime Darby Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on October 2-3, 2018. YB Dato’ Kamarudin Jaffar, Deputy Minister of Transport Malaysia, will be delivering the opening address on the morning of Oct. 2.
The Ministry has given great importance to road safety. The Ministry’s Road Safety Plan 2014 – 2020 (PKJRM 2014-2020) is an effort to improve road safety in Malaysia on par with developed countries. The plan is also in line with global efforts through the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 – 2020 with a goal to stabilise and then reduce the forecast level of road accident fatalities by 50% by 2020 worldwide through the implementation of various activities and initiatives road safety.
Tyre industry, including tyre retreading industry, has a major role in ensuring safety to road users and also vehicles. Quality, sustainability and technological advancement help make tyres safe to use. Retreading industry has been focusing on this aspect very closely. The use of high quality treads and its adaptation to the retreading process are vital to road safety.
The participation of YB Dato’ Kamarudin Jaffar in the opening session of ARC 2018 reflects the keenness of the ministry to campaign for road safety.
MRB is the Corporate Sponsor of ARC 2018. With its various forward looking initiatives to develop Malaysia’s rubber industry, MRB is active part of the country’s economic growth. The Board’s support for the conference has increased ARC’s profile. There are four speakers from MRB, making presentations in various technical sessions.
Following the highly successful debut in 2016, the second edition of ARC is coming at a time when global tyre retreading industry is facing challenging times. The demand for retreaded tyres is falling as new tyres, especially cheap imported ones, are less costly than retreaded ones. Also radialisation of tyres is fast increasing, making things tougher for the retreading industry. Radial tyres can run longer distances. It is seen that about 40% of radial tyres are beyond repair and cannot be retreaded as the drivers use it to the core and do not retread it on time. Radial tyres are giving good performance and so the average life of the tyre has gone up.
This is the backdrop of an industry that has all the positive factors on paper, but remains in the dark. There are things that have to be done to revive tyre retreading industry and this precisely highlights the relevance of the Asian Retread Conference (ARC 2018).
The themed of ARC 2018 – “Better, Faster, Cheaper” – is a wake-up call to the industry to sit up and take notice of what lies in its future.

The conference brings together some of the leading global players in tyre retreading under one roof to focus on how could the win-win features of the industry be used to take it back to where it should be.
Dato’ Mohamed Ishak bin Abdul Hamid, Chairman, ARC, said: “There is an urgent need for the retreading industry to act with the advent and threat of cheap new imported tyres. ARC 2018 theme: BETTER, FASTER, CHEAPER captures in essence the actions needed for retreaders to remain competitive, relevant and to be the first choice of customers.”
Technology makes the vital difference between good and bad retreaded tyres. The industry is yet to open up to the need for adopting latest technology to ensure quality. Only this can enhance the competitiveness of the industry. ARC 2018 will see speakers delving deep into the matter through their presentations.

First of its kind

First of its kind in the region, ARC is organised by Asian Business Media (ABM), publishers of Tyre Asia, the popular international magazine on global tyre industry, and Epic Fresh, Malaysia, in association with Tire Retread and Repair Information Bureau (TRIB), USA.
ARC proved to be a path-breaking conference on retreading industry when it debuted in 2016 at the same venue. It is now returning with greater opportunities for knowledge-sharing and networking.
In addition to Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB), Corporate Sponsor, the other sponsors include Eversafe rubber, Elgi, Tyresoles, and Struktol, The event is supported by various international agencies, institutes and research institutions.
The organizers have looked even into the minutest details to ensure that the event offers the very best to the speakers and delegates.

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