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PRESS RELEASE
December 5, 2014

New President to Lead the Hungarian Tire Association (HTA)

István Muzsay replaced Lee Byung Ryong as the President of the professional Association of domestic tire producers (HTA). The new President, like his predecessors, finds that the main priorities of the professional Association representing the interest of the seven domestic tire manufacturers include its knowledge sharing role, and the improvement of its reputation, and he also aims to strengthen the social responsibility of HTA.

The Board of the professional Association elected Mr István Muzsay representing Michelin Hungária Abroncsgyártó Kft. as its new President, replacing the outgoing Korean expert, Mr Lee Byung Ryong, Managing Director of Hankook Tire Budapest Kereskedelmi Kft.

Mr István Muzsay (54), graduated from the Budapest University of Technology as mechanical engineer, and joined the Hungarian subsidiary of Michelin in 2001. Currently he acts within the Central and Southern European regions of the organization, and amongst many, he is responsible for the managing of waste tire (ELT) in these countries. Besides his native tongue, Mr István Muzsay speaks English.

In addition to fulfilling the presidential chair of HTA, he is also the President of the Romanian EcoAnvelope (coordination organization for the utilization of waste tire) and a member of the Board of the Greek EcoElastika.

The new President, similarly to his predecessors, considers the improvement of road safety to be the most important duty of the Association. “I am confident that with the strengthening of the social responsibility of the Association, and in cooperation with all parties involved in traffic, we will be able to make our life safer” – emphasized the new president when reviewing his forthcoming duties. In order to ensure the implementation of this objective, he aspires to focus on both the strengthening of the information sharing role of the Association, and also on providing an appropriate professional service background.

Further information:

Mr Péter Morenth
Executive Chairman

+361 7896970

morenth@hta.org.hu
www.hta.org.hu


PRESS RELEASE
December 5, 2014

New President to Lead the Hungarian Tire Association (HTA)

The presidential chair of the professional association of Hungarian tire manufacturers (HTA) has been passed on to Lee Byung Ryong from Matej Zavrl. The new President, like his predecessors, finds that the main priorities of the professional association representing the interest of the seven domestic tire manufacturers include its knowledge sharing role, and the improvement of its reputation, and he also aims to strengthen the social responsibility of HTA.

On the first of December, the Board of the professional association elected the Korean Mr Lee Byung Ryong, Managing Director of Hankook Tire Budapest Kereskedelmi Kft. as its new President, replacing the outgoing Slovenian expert, Mr Matej Zavrl, regional leader of Goodyear-Dunlop.

43 year old Lee Byung Ryong graduated in public administration at the Yonsei University in Seoul. He began his professional career in 1999 as a Deputy Marketing Manager at the Korean headquarters of Hankook Tire Co. He was nominated for the position of Marketing Manager at Hankook Tire Europe GmbH, the European Centre of the corporation in Germany in 2008. As of 2012, he leads Hankook Tire Budapest Kereskedelmi Kft as its Managing Director, coordinating the sales activity of 4 countries. Besides his mother tongue, Mr. Lee Byung Ryong speaks English.

The new President, similarly to his predecessors, considers the improvement of road safety to be the most important duty of the association. “I am confident that with the strengthening of the social responsibility of the association, and in cooperation with all parties involved in traffic, we will be able to make our daily life safer” – emphasized the new President when reviewing his forthcoming duties. In order to ensure the implementation of this objective, he aspires to focus on both the strengthening of the information sharing role of the association, and also on providing the appropriate professional service background.

Further information:

Mr Péter Morenth
Executive Chairman

+361 7896970

morenth@hta.org.hu
www.hta.org.hu


PRESS RELEASE
July 08, 2014

National Automotive Professional and Tire Producing Associations to enter into cooperation

The Hungarian Automotive Professional Association (MASZSZ) and the Hungarian Tire Association (HTA) enter into a strategic professional cooperation, within the frame of the agreement signed today.

The strategic cooperation agreement has been signed with the purpose that parties will be able to have significant impact on the improvement of road safety, especially considering the quality and state of tires mounted on vehicles, and their seasonal changing. They also believe that it is important to improve the human and physical conditions of enterprises carrying out the mounting, reparation and maintenance of tires. The role of the operator and owner of vehicles should also be highlighted, strengthening a conscious and responsible way of driving, regarding the tires of the vehicle and its general technical condition.

It is also of key importance for both of the associations to have the technical conditions of road safety meet the standards set by international and domestic regulations, as they agree that ensuring the quality of replacement parts and of the technology and skills applied when installing replacement parts into vehicles are their mutual interest.

According to Gábor Gablini, the President of MASZSZ, “this agreement fits well the objective of MASZSZ regarding the significant reduction of accidents occurring on account of worn or seasonally inappropriate tires, thus contributing to the apparent improvement of road safety”.

Matej Zavrl, President of HTA emphasized that “the strategic agreement signed with MASZSZ opens new dimensions for HTA, as it provides access to yet unexploited fields, and with representatives of the automotive industry”.

About MASZSZ

The Hungarian Automotive Professional Association was formed by the initiation of the four founding associations: the Interest Protection Association of Car Wreckers and Used Component Dealers (ABAKE), the Association of European Car Services (E.M.E.), the National Association of Car Brand Retailers (GÉMOSZ), the National Association of Hungarian Car Dealers (MGOE). Their purpose is to run an organization, which represents the interests of entrepreneurs within the industry during the whole life cycle of a car. Within this process, MASZSZ believes that it is extremely important to ensure the mechanical safety of road transportation, the personal and material safety of those involved in traffic, the protection of our environment, the representation of consumer interests, social responsibility, accident-free transportation, the creation of new jobs, ensuring the safety of existing jobs, and increasing the tax-paying potential. In 2013, the association undertook the organization and active implementation of a national sectoral consultation forum, the Automotive Professional Roundtable (ASZK), which is formed by all relevant players of the industry.

About HTA

The Hungarian Tire Association (HTA) was founded in 2011 with the participation of seven international tire manufacturers having producing units or representations in Hungary. There are seven tire producers in Hungary that are represented with individual distribution units: Apollo-Vredestein, Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear-Dunlop, Hankook, Michelin, Pirelli, these member companies together form the HTA, and their leaders make up the board of the association. Around 5.000 people are employed directly by the industry in Hungary, and more than 15.000 people are employed indirectly. The amount of internal sales and exports within the tire industry amounted to an annual 402 billion forint last year.

Cooperation Agreement >> View

Further information:

Mr Péter Morenth
Executive Chairman

+361 7896970

morenth@hta.org.hu
www.hta.org.hu

Ms Anett Hutóczki
National Automotive Professional Association
Secretary

+36 1 8772 150

maszsz@maszsz.hu
www.maszsz.hu


PRESS RELEASE
June 13, 2014

Common Interest of the Government and Tire Producers

Budapest, June 13, 2014 – The Hungarian Investment and Trade Agency (HITA) and the Hungarian Tire Association (HTA) shall cooperate in the future as partners in the further development of the Hungarian automobile industry which is already one of the flagships of the economy. The cooperation agreement signed by the two parties on the June 13 at Budapest will facilitate domestic small and medium enterprises to become suppliers, and the creation of new jobs within the industry.

On June 13 at Budapest, HITA and HTA have signed an agreement on the coordinated support of the Hungarian supplier industry and potential and new investments. According to the document, HITA shall seek for Hungarian suppliers for the member companies of HTA, whose trade and export activities within the tire industry exceeded HUF 400 billion in 2013, and it shall also provide information regarding tendering and business development opportunities.

The membership of HTA – manufacturers and distributors – consists of seven international companies, who distribute over seventy brands, covering 81-83% of the Hungarian market, thus employing 5.000 people directly, and 15.000 indirectly: Bridgestone, Hankook and Michelin with tire producing capacities in Hungary, and Apollo-Vredestein, Continental, Goodyear-Dunlop and Pirelli with individual wholesale units.

“The large-scale developments of the Hungarian tire industry pull car manufacturing and export in Hungary” – said Péter Szijjártó, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economy, referring to the new cooperation. This is also supported by the fact that in 2010, tire sales in Hungary increased by 6 percent in 2013, compared to the previous year.

After the corner stone ceremony of the second plant of Bridgestone last year, the special government support for the third development phase of the Hankook plant at Rácalmás, and the strategic agreements with tire manufacturing companies (Bridgestone, Hankook, Continental group), the close cooperation of HITA and HTA is considered to be another measure for strengthening the domestic industry.

Matej Zavrl, President of HTA explained, that one of the highlighted objectives of the Association is “to support and make public knowledge of its contribution to all relevant aspects of social life, such as transportation, public safety and sustainable development. ”We are sure that the strategic cooperation with HITA shall open up new opportunities for our organization, which assist us in completing our highlighted goals” – the president of HTA finished his speech.

Within the frame of the agreement, information exchange between the two organizations will become frequent, contributing to additional domestic developments, and resulting in the creation of new jobs in several domestic regions. The strategic agreement fits the concept of the government well, according to which, Hungary shall become the centre of production in the future, with the key role of the automotive industry.

Cooperation Agreement >> View

Contacts:

Peter Morenth
Executive Chairman

+361 7896970

morenth@hta.org.hu
www.hta.org.hu

Pictures:

Meeting Péter Szijjártó
Budapest, June 13, 2014


Signature ceremony
Budapest, June 13, 2014

Matej Zavrl, President of HTA
Péter Szijjártó, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economy

PRESS RELEASE
September 24, 2013

Cooperation of HTA and GRSP Hungary in Order to Improve Road Safety

A strategic partnership agreement has been signed by the Hungarian Tire Association (HTA) and the GRSP Hungary Association. One major objective of the cooperation between the two organizations is to broaden the knowledge of drivers with the help of joint programs in order to improve road safety. “At first we would like to better understand the tire using habits of drivers by asking them to complete a joint questionnaire” – emphasized Peter Morenth, Executive Chairman of HTA.

The Hungarian Tire Association and GRSP Hungary Association aspire to cooperate in the future with the objective of improving road safety. “We anticipate that our joint operation will make more and more drivers understand that it is safer to mount their vehicles with tires corresponding to the season. Since not only the lives of our passengers, but the lives of those traveling on the same road are determined by those four small pieces of surface” – explained Peter Morenth, Executive Chairman of HTA.

“With the joint efforts we have just launched, we will be able to realize an even more efficient campaign, and more drivers will receive our important messages about road safety” – Ferenc Pausz, Managing Director of the GRSP Hungary Association outlined the opportunities of the cooperation.

At first, the two organizations attempt to get a better understanding on the tire using habits of car owners, with the help of an online questionnaire. The form can be filled out in 5 minutes, and it is available on the following link: http://kerdoiv.kti.hu/Survey.aspx?surveyid=45375211 (in Hungarian only) Drivers who fill out the questionnaire until the October 15, 2013 will enter into a prize draw.

HTA and GRSP Hungary will organize many joint road safety campaigns in the future, in order to draw the attention of drivers on how to prevent various traffic accidents. As part of their cooperation, they will share their professional opinion with each other, and will mutually encourage their experts to participate in and visit each other’s conferences, professional lectures.

The major topics to emerge during the cooperation shall include defensive driving, conscious driving behaviour, selection of appropriate tire, potential consequences of the use of inadequate tire, and other issues related to driving and road safety.

Contacts:

Peter Morenth
Executive Chairman

+361 7896970

morenth@hta.org.hu
www.hta.org.hu


Ferenc Pausz
Managing Director

+36209388458

grsphungary@grsphungary.hu
www.grsphungary.hu


PRESS RELEASE
April 3, 2013

Time for Seasonal Mounting – Time for Summer Tires

It is worth changing our tires whenever they are threadbare or do not correspond to the season!

Members of the Hungarian Tire Association offer a great variety, around 70 brands of tires on the Hungarian market: it is easy to find the most suitable ones according to our needs on either quality or price.

The experts of HTA deliver you the following advices related to the changing of tires:

- The changing of tires should be carried out whenever the temperature is settled below or above +7 degrees; now it is the time to exchange winter tires for summer tires, since temperature will settle above 7 degrees.

- The most important piece of advice refers to both summer and winter tires: all wheels should be mounted with tires of the same type and tread.

- According to official regulation, the tread depth of tires should be at least 1,6 millimetres deep, it is against the regulation and dangerous to drive around with tires more worn off than that. Experts claim that the safest values are 3 millimetres in case of summer tires, and 4 millimetres in case of winter tires.

- Before mounting, tires should be checked thoroughly by experts for spotting potential damages.

- The pressure of tires should be checked in every 2-3 weeks when starting off – when the tires are still cold – including the spare tire as well.

Why is it necessary to exchange tires? Decades ago everyone has used all-season tires, and many people do so still today.

- Vehicles are constantly improved, just like tire manufacturers develop tires. Therefore, the composition of tires change every year, in order to be able to provide the greatest levels of safety adopting to the accelerated traffic and weather conditions.

- On account of the better grip, the surface of winter tires are worn off in a greater degree in summer, resulting in increased fuel consumption which also affects our expenditures.

- Winter tires have been proved to perform worse in summertime and on wet surfaces, with weaker grip when turning the vehicle, resulting in longer braking distances, which could be dangerous!

Also, please do take into account your specific needs, driving stiles and take the advices of experts: the labelling system mandatory since 1st November of last year is also at your assistance.

There is a common misconception today related to the changing of tires, according to which, only recently manufactured tires are of proper quality, therefore people are reluctant to buy 2-3 years old tires. Yet the truth is that properly stored tires do not present any problem at all – they could be used for up to 7-10 years having the same attributes as newly produced ones.

In conclusion, the most important piece of advice is to always check the condition of tires whenever they are exchanged!

Further information:

Péter Morenth
Executive Chairman

morenth@hta.org.hu

www.hta.org.hu


PRESS RELEASE
November 1, 2012

New EU Tyre label: changing the way we buy tyres.

Compulsory performance label on all tyres sold in EU from Nov 1st 2012.

Brussels, October 31st 2012 - From tomorrow, consumers will be able to buy their new tyres knowing how fuel efficient and noisy they are, and how much grip on wet roads they provide. A new and now compulsory EU label will grade tyres from A to G for rolling resistance (fuel efficiency) and wet grip (safety), whilst the number of dBs on the label will display their rolling noise.

This is coupled with the entry into force of another EU regulation setting new minimum requirements for the same performances, with the objective of moving towards safer and more sustainable road transport.

This is the first time that such a detailed label enters the automotive sector – and it is a game-changer for the whole tyre supply chain, right down to the consumer. From the manufacturers’ point of view, this will have the effect of enhancing already fierce competition. Furthermore, the manufacturers will benefit from visible product differentiation resulting from increased transparency on the quality of three of the many characteristics of a tyre. As a result, consumers will now be able to effectively compare tyres on the basis of information on selected three performances that were so far little known.

“We hope consumers will not only find this useful to make better informed decisions” – said Mr Lepercq, President of ETRMA – “but also that they will realise that tyres are very complex products which can change their driving experience, have an effect on the vehicle’s safety on the road and effect the environment”

The effect of these two legislations combined is indeed testimony of “what a tyre can do”. It is in fact estimated that their correct enforcement could result in 5% fuel savings on the total EU fleet. This effectively means taking one million passenger cars off the EU’s roads every year and - for the consumer – significant savings in fuel on the lifetime of a set of four tyres. Furthermore, choosing tyres with the best wet grip would result in shortening the stopping distance of a vehicle as much as four car lengths.

Finally, whilst the debate on sound from motor vehicles is still going on in the European Institutions, a tyre with only one noise wave displayed on the label can reduce the external tyre rolling noise by four times.

With the manufacturers and European legislators having committed to offering the consumers an improved and more transparent choice, it is now up to national authorities to make sure that these legislations are correctly applied and to the consumers to make the right choice for their driving preferences.

Person of contact: Mrs F. Cinaralp, Secretary General +32 2 218 49 40; E-Mail address

About ETRMA

The current ETRMA tyre corporate members are: Apollo Vredestein, Bridgestone Europe, Cooper Tires, Continental, Goodyear Dunlop Tires Europe, Hankook, Marangoni, Michelin, Mitas, Nokian Tyres, Pirelli and Trelleborg Wheel Systems. The General Rubber Goods manufacturers are represented through national associations in Belgium (federplast), Finland (rmaf), France (sncp), Germany (wdk), Italy (fgp), the Netherlands (nvr) and Spain (consorcio). The industry provides direct employment for more than 374,000 people in the EU and supports another 800000 jobs in related sectors. ETRMA members’ turnover in 2011 is estimated at € 47 b, of which up to 5% is invested in R&D, annually.


PRESS RELEASE
November 10, 2011

The Hungarian Tire Association representing Hungarian tire producers and distributors has been founded.

With the involvement of 7 member companies (Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear, Hankook, Michelin, Pirelli, Vredestein), the Hungarian Tire Association (HTA) has been founded in order to represent tire producers and distributors with sites in Hungary, and also the legitimate interests of the industry.

As decided by the Board of the Association, it shall use the abbreviation of its English name - Hungarian Tire Association – for better identification.

The mission, goals and undertakings of the Association

HTA is the first professional association of this kind in Central Europe. This month, it shall apply for membership to the Brussels-based European Association, the ETRMA (European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers Association), therefore shall be the Hungarian representative of the organization.

The mission of HTA is to represent the legitimate interests of tire industrial players in Hungary. The Association supports national manufacturers and distributors – with due respect to all national and European competition rules – in order to make sure that regulations related to tire manufacturing and utilization are prepared under a proper professional supervision according to national and European regulations.

The aim of HTA is to create a positive understanding of the tire industry and its products amongst the general public and to advise participants of economic and political life, to achieve an appropriate and globally competitive legislative and regulatory environment.

HTA aspires to cooperate with national and international professional bodies such as the Brussels based ETRMA and the Hungarian Institute for Transport Sciences (KTI), in order to increase transportation safety. The Association considers it important to draw awareness for tire quality, proper mounting and servicing procedures.

In the future, HTA shall represent the tire industry in discussions with the government, media and other business organizations. For this, the Association consults continuously with relevant ministries and governmental institutions, about new bills and regulations relevant for the tire industry.

Social responsibility is a vital element of the CSR strategy and corporate culture of the Association and also of its member companies. On account of their significant economic role, corporations are responsible towards the entire Hungarian society. This is why HTA also seeks for the best ways to set good examples in the future.

Further information:

Péter Morenth
Executive Chairman

morenth@hta.org.hu

www.hta.org.hu

Background information about the industry

- There are seven (7) tire producers in Hungary that are represented with individual distribution units: Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear, Hankook, Michelin, Pirelli, Vredestein, these companies are the members of HTA (Hungarian Tire Association).

- At present three (3) producers own producing units: Bridgestone (Tatabánya), Hankook (Rácalmás), Michelin (Budapest és Nyíregyháza), and one (1) producer, Continental owns a unit specialized in the manufacturing of parts for the car industry.

- The amount of internal sales and exports within the tire industry amounts to an annual 230 billion forint.

- The industry employs more than 10.000 people in Hungary

- All of the companies with producing capacity plan or already carry our developments, related to increasing their capacity and technological developments, and which investments result in the creation of new jobs.

- We believe that by boosting the economy and with measurements of the government supporting the industry, this development procedure might be further increased.

Member companies of the Association, members of the HTA Board

Bridgestone Magyarország Marketing Szolgáltató Kft. (1133 Budapest, Váci út 76.) represented by
Péter Urbán, General Manager (HTA President 2011-2012)

Continental Hungaria Gumiabroncs Kereskedelmi Kft. (2040 Budaörs, Távíró köz 2-4.) represented by
Dániel Rábai, Market Manager

Goodyear Dunlop Tires Czech s.r.o (Vyskocilova 148/4, 140 00, Prague 4, Czech Republic) represented by
Jean-Vincent Schaffnit, General Manager CER (Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia)

Hankook Tire Magyarország Gyártó és Kereskedelmi Kft. (2459 Rácalmás, Hankook tér 1.) represented by
Lee Sang Il, Managing Director, Vice-President

Michelin Hungária Abroncsgyártó Kft. (4401 Nyíregyháza, Bottyán János utca 15.) represented by
József Orosz (by proxy)

Pirelli Hungary Gumiabroncs Kereskedelmi és Szolgáltató Kft. (1116 Budapest, Barázda utca 46.) képviseletében
Gergely Buczkó, Managing Director

Vredestein Kft. (1123 Budapest, Alkotás út 39/c) képviseletében
Emil Herbák, Managing Director