Kumho Tyre, one of the world’s leading tyre brands, is the latest big name to join Tyre Stewardship Australia.
In participating in the State and Federal Government supported, cooperative industry response to the challenge presented by 51 million end-of-life tyres generated each year, Kumho Tyre joins fellow global brands Continental, Bridgestone, Goodyear Dunlop, Michelin, Pirelli, Toyo and Yokohama.
In addition there are now over 1,000 tyre retail outlets nationwide that are TSA Accredited including outlets of Tyrepower, Beaurepaires, Bridgestone Service Centres and Bridgestone Select, K Mart Tyre & Auto Service, Goodyear Auto Centres, Bob Jane T-Marts, Tyres & More, TyrePlus and Continental.
TSA has also accredited end-of-life tyre collectors and recyclers who collectively represent over 70% of the market and, as part of its three core objectives, has recently allocated over $1.5 Million in research and development funds for projects to increase the use of tyre-derived material.
TSA CEO, Matt Genever, welcomed Kumho Tyre stating that; “Kumho joins at a very exciting time for TSA. We are making significant progress on all three of our key objectives, being to institute an accredited Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme, undertake industry and consumer education and help fund R&D into opportunities to turn an environmental management task into new industries and jobs.”
Kumho is a very welcome addition to our comprehensive line-up of leading brands and now, with our reach into the tyre retail sector, consumers can be assured that there will be a TSA-accredited tyre store, offering a TSA member tyre brand, near them.
Kumho Tyre Australia Managing Director Mr Harry Cho expressed Kumho’s commitment to the objectives of TSA: We at Kumho Tyre have been a global leader in working to realise sustainable development within the tyre industry and also in fulfilling our social responsibilities. We are therefore very pleased to join in with the great work of TSA to address environmental issues within the local industry and thereby making a significant contribution to society .
Tyre Stewardship Australia was launched in January of 2014 by The Federal Environment Minister, The Hon Greg Hunt, and has grown rapidly. It now includes most of the major players in the tyre importing and retail industry. In addition to importers, retailers and collectors/recyclers TSA has also begun to accredit large fleets, including Australia Post and the Department of Defence. Such fleets are committed to doing business with TSA accredited suppliers and thus are contributing to the development of environmentally sustainable solutions.
Australians generate over 51 million end-of-life tyres each year; only a small proportion is currently recycled. TSA and its members are convinced that there is potential to turn that challenge into opportunities and jobs.