Following its annual general meeting, members of the Imported Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (ITMA) have elected Alfred Graham to the position of President with immediate effect. Having previously held the position of the Association’s treasurer for the last eight years, Graham succeeds David Seward who stood down as President at the end of his two-year term.
“Having been an active member of ITMA for some 20 years, I’m delighted to have been elected as its latest President,” comments Alfred Graham. “We undoubtedly have some big challenges ahead of us in the next couple of years as a host of new rules and legislative requirements will be introduced. However, the Association is in a very strong position to deal with these having developed a fantastic technical resource and member base and I look forward to working even more closely with my fellow members to address these issues.”
Graham brings with him a wealth of experience having been involved within the global tyre industry for more than 40 years. Having worked with various major international tyre brands for some 20 years, he established the tyre import company Alfred Graham Limited in 1981 which today is the UK distributor for the Chengshan Tire brand.
ITMA itself was established more than 30 years ago and remains the only trade association in Europe to exclusively represent the interests of non-EU based tyre manufacturers. The Association now represents more than 30 tyre brands from its member companies.
To support its members and ensure they are fully aware of all technical and legislative developments, the Association provides regular communication updates to members. It has a technical working group and members also meet regularly to discuss points of common interest. ITMA is also a founder member of the UK’s Tyre Industry Federation.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank David Seward for his fantastic efforts over the last couple of years as ITMA President and I only hope I can continue with the same level of success and progress. I am looking forward to helping ITMA cement its relationships with other industry bodies as well as further adding to our member numbers and technical capabilities.”