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.