China Rubber Industry Association held a national rubber industry information conference with the theme of "Technological innovation, energy conservation and emission reduction, quality and efficiency Improvement" in Hangzhou on October 25-27, 2012. Fan Rende, honorary president of the association, pointed out that the rubber industry has four major problems, such as rising cost and weak brand influence.
I. The tire industry has structural excess products, and the disorderly expansion of low-end radial tire production capacity has dragged down the whole industry. In recent years, the development of the automobile industry has led to the rapid development of the tire industry, and the demand for tires is also increasing. Many manufacturers fail to truly ensure the quality while pursuing the quantity, resulting in product homogeneity production capacity growth. At the same time, under the environment of declining exports and unfavorable domestic market, the competition in domestic and foreign markets is further intensified, which leads to the decline of enterprise efficiency.
Ii. Multi-factor cost increase. Compared with foreign advanced technology, the main factors affecting the cost increase of Chinese rubber industry are weak self-sufficiency of natural rubber, external dependency has reached 80%, the degree of automation, energy conservation and environmental protection technology, logistics costs, high labor costs.
3. Lack of talent and innovation ability. The driving force of our economic growth is mainly investment and export, the contribution rate of science and technology is low, only about 41%. In the United States and other developed countries, scientific and technological progress contributes about 80 percent to economic growth. In order to solve the problems existing in the development of these industries, we must rely on high-tech transformation of traditional rubber industry.
Fourth, the brand influence is weak. The export of rubber products such as tires accounts for about 40% of the output. In addition to some enterprises export with their own brands, quite a few enterprises are OEM export, and the price is lower. Compared with the international advanced level of our tire industry, there are big gaps in terms of product, technology, brand, management, technology and innovation ability.