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EUROPEAN COMMISSION PROPOSES NEW TIRE-LABELING REQUIREMENTS

The European Commission has proposed new tire-labeling requirements which would require manufacturers to provide consumers with a grading system measuring three tire characteristics: fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise. This information would be required to be affixed onto the tire (in the form of a sticker) and to be included in all of the manufacturer’s printed and online marketing pieces and website.

EUROPEAN VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS LOBBY FOR AID TO COMBAT DECLINING SALES

Vehicle manufacturers assembling vehicles in Europe have been urging EU officials and national government representatives to provide them relief in the form of tax breaks and grants. German officials have already agreed to cut consumer taxes on new-car purchases. For those vehicles sold between now and August 31, 2008, that don’t meet Euro 5 standards, a six-month to one-year tax break will be awarded. The tax holiday will be extended up to two years for all cars.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA PICKS TOP SPECIALTY-EQUIPMENT PRODUCTS

Automotive personalization continues to soar throughout the world as industry experts identify nearly 250 specialty-equipment products from the 2008 SEMA Show as winners of a SEMA Global Media Award.

SILVERADO BEDLINERS NEEDED!

The United States Embassy in Kuwait has contacted SEMA regarding a Kuwaiti company attending the SEMA Show that is urgently looking for suppliers of bedliners for the 2008 Chevrolet Silverado. The company is seeking about 200 units.

Exhibitors are invited to contact Linda Spencer at lindas@sema.org for contact information.

LEARN HOW TO EXPOSE AND SELL YOUR PRODUCTS IN KEY GLOBAL MARKETS

SEMA is sponsoring two seminars at the 2008 SEMA Show to assist you in exploring new international markets:

EU AGENCY LISTS NEARLY 40,000 CHEMICALS AS PRE-REGISTERED UNDER REACH REGULATION

European government officials published a partial list of the nearly 40,000 chemicals that have been pre-registered under the European Union's (EU) registration, evaluation and authorization of chemicals (REACH) regulation. According to the agency, the purpose of the list is to give downstream users or companies that purchase chemicals a chance to determine whether substances of interest to them are already pre-registered.

EUROPEAN CAR MANUFACTURERS SEEK A EUROPEAN SCRAPPAGE PROGRAM

The Association of European Vehicle Manufacturers (ACEA) is calling for European policymakers to implement a European-wide scrappage program to include incentives for owners who trade in cars at least eight years old. The association of 15 European automakers—which includes the European operations of General Motors and Ford—has announced its plans to forward a formal request for taxpayer-financed incentives to European policymakers. 

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