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TRMAM Celebrates Tenth Anniversary
The Tyre Retreading Manufacturers’ Association of Malaysia (TRMAM) celebrated its 10th anniversary at the Taman Rahsna Restaurant in Klang, Malaysia recently. There were about 400 guests, including members, MATRDS representatives, retreading equipment suppliers and the media.
“Globalisation and open trading have facilitated the gradual reduction of import tariffs. The lack of monitoring and enforcement by the authority have resulted in a local market that is flooded with cheap and low quality Chinese new tyres. This has affected the healthy development of the Malaysian retreading industry on a certain level. These cheap imports are low in quality and many are not retreadable. What is even worse is that whenever the public sees tyre debris, they would associate it with retreaded tyres. Thus, TRMAM has held press conferences to straighten the matter, educate the public and urge the authorities to protect the best interests and ensure the healthy development of the industry,” said TRMAM President Chin Hon Meng.
Currently, he said, there were more than 90 retreaders in Malaysia and all of TRMAM’s members had already obtained MS224 certification. The rising cost of rubber and related raw materials were driving tyre production costs higher, he added. After absorbing some additional costs, the tyre retreaders had no choice but to adjust their sales price, without sacrificing quality. He said the selling price of retreaded tyres had increased by 15 per cent, effective from 1st Jan, 2017. He also urged retreaders who were yet to be members to join the Association and make their voices louder. The 10th anniversary dinner also served as a Chinese New Year Gathering for the members and guests.
Also present were Malaysian Association of Tyre Retreaders & Dealers Societies (MATRDS) Honorary Advisor Dato’ Seri Cheah Eu Kiat, Malaysian Rubber Products Manufacturers Association (MRPMA) President Dato’ Ong Eng Long and TRMAM Vice President Kew Kuik Tin. The highlights included the Inauguration Ceremony of TRMAM Committee Members (2016/2018), cake cutting and toasting as well as entertainment.