Rubber plantations and child labour

A report from Denmark says child labour is being used to tap rubber. As part of their CSR policies, tire companies are asking their suppliers to provide a 100% guarantee that no child labour is used in the production of rubber. Such guarantees are all but impossible. Most rubber is produced by smallholdings. These can

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Tire researchers over-loaded

R&D staff at tire makers around the world are over-loaded. This was one of the messages coming out of the Tire Technology event held this week in Cologne. The pressure of work from new product launches; labelling requirements and re-formulating is restricting tire makers’ ability to work with suppliers on new developments. If suppliers want

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Pirelli’s calendar finally makes it into the 21st century.

Pirelli has removed the nudes from the famous Pirelli Calendar. Thank Goodness! It is unfortunate that the most famous object associated with a tire company is a set of nude and semi-nude images of women. I thought the Pirelli Calendar was out-dated. I thought it was sexist. I thought it was inappropriate to a modern,

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