Changes at BIPAVER

During their annual meeting held during the Autopromotec Exhibition in Bologna, Italy, BIPAVER, the European federation of trade associations representing the retreading industry, announced two key appointments with a view to taking the federation forward as it faces increased legislative and technical challenges in the coming years.

Firstly, Tim van der Rijken from the Dutch trade association VACO was appointed as the Federation’s new General Secretary. Secondly, as part of a plan initiated by BIPAVER Chairman, Patrick Sjolin, BIPAVER has appointed Michael Schwämmlein as a Technical Consultant on a 26-month contract to oversee the three key technical projects currently being undertaken by BIPAVER, these being the labelling of truck tyres, the labelling of car tyres and winter profile markings (3PMSF).

In addition to the management of these three projects, Schwämmlein’s responsibilities will include data collection, offering technical support to van der Rijken, the acquisition and development of memberships, independent consultancy to paying members and the development of a Global Retreading Symposium to be held during The Tire exhibition in Cologne next year. Schämmlein will also be responsible for securing the services of a successor once his 26-month contract has expired.

About the author

David is the Owner and Publisher of Retreading Business. With over 30 years' experience as a specialist tyre industry journalist, he first entered the tyre industry in 1987 as Editor of Tyres & Accessories. He was Editor of Tyre Trade News between 1993-96 before establishing Retreading Business in 1997. In 2004 he acquired the Malaysian tyre magazine The Tyreman, before establishing Tyre & Rubber Recycling in 2009. In addition to his publishing ventures, he was also Director of the Retread Manufacturers' Association between 2004 and 2014.


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