European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers' Association (ETRMA), has confirmed Bridgestone VP and senior advisor, Franco Annunziato as president.

Joan Vicenç Durán, from Consorcio Nacional de Industriales del Caucho, was elected vice president, with both functions effective 1 January, 2021 for a three-year mandate.

The board emphasised the need for the rubber industry to work with policy makers at all level and with the appropriate sense of urgency to identify the most suitable measures to ensure the safeguard of jobs, manufacturing and innovation through an enhanced focus on its green and digital footprint.

"When I started my mandate three years ago the global context was significantly different," said Annunziato.

"We are now living in unprecedented times and still struggling to fence the impacts of a lingering crisis that has unclear horizons. The tyre industry believes it can bring a significant contribution to the policy objectives of the European economy geared to creating a safer, decarbonised and more digital mobility in Europe."

For her part, ETRMA secretary general, Fazilet Cinaralp added: "This election comes at a very specific and decisive social-economic time, where our industry and our society are asking for a strong commitment to contribute to the post Covid-19 recovery plan.

"The tyre and rubber industry has a relevant role to play and I welcome the opportunity to assure continuity in the key actions we are bringing forward. Our capacity to greening mobility, to improve the circular economy and to unlock new markets for services, leveraging on the tyre-as-a- service regulatory framework, is untapped."