The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), originally named the Rubber Club of America, was established in 1915 to serve rubber products manufacturers. Since its inception, RMA has evolved and now solely represents tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S.
RMA represents its members before federal, state and local government entities; develops safety standards for passenger, light truck and commercial truck tires; advocates for environmentally and economically sound scrap tire management polices aggregates data pertaining to U.S. tire shipments; and, educates consumers about proper tire care, among other activities.
Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy
RMA acts on behalf of its members to educate policymakers on issues of concern to the industry. The organization works closely with its members to undertake initiatives that advance the industry’s commitment to motorist safety; advocates for policies that ensure a competitive tire manufacturing industry thrives in the U.S.; and, promotes scientifically-supported policies that protect our health and environment.
RMA’s regulatory advocacy efforts involve issues before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA), U.S. Department of Commerce, and state transportation and environmental regulatory agencies.
Industry Standards and Publications
RMA is a leading voice in the development of standards and publications designed to educate automotive service professionals about the proper care and service of tires. RMA is recognized throughout the industry as the source of information such topics as tire repair, replacement and service. RMA offers an array of charts, bulletins and other publications to communicate this important information to service providers.
RMA is the authoritative voice for aggregate tire shipment information in the U.S. Approximately 300 million tires – passenger, light truck and commercial truck tires – are shipped in the U.S. annually.
Environmental Advocacy – Scrap Tire Management
RMA is a leading advocate for the proper handling of scrap tires. Nearly 300 million scrap tires are generated annually in the U.S. In 1990, more than a billion scrap tires were stockpiled across the nation while a mere 11 percent were consumed in an after-use market. Today, slightly more than 100 million tires remain in stockpiles and approximately 85 percent of scrap tires are used in new applications such as industrial fuel, road construction, and playground and athletic field construction each year. RMA’s advocacy and leadership throughout the states has led to effective scrap tire management programs that are environmentally and economically sound.
Consumer Education – Proper Tire Care
Safety is a highest priority of our members. RMA is the industry’s collective voice for educating consumers about the importance of proper tire care to promote safety, save fuel and ensure tires last longer.
RMA’s Be Tire Smart – Play Your PART program enlists the help of tire and auto dealers, automotive repair locations, safety advocates and government agencies to communicate important tire care information to consumers. RMA offers free materials to automotive service providers and consumers, and conducts outreach on a regular basis to communicate important safety information.
RMA’s tire manufacturer members include: Bridgestone Americas, Inc.; Continental Tire the Americas, LLC; Cooper Tire & Rubber Company; Kumho Tire U.S.A., Inc.; the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; Michelin North America, Inc.; Pirelli Tire North America; Sumitomo Rubber North America, Inc.; Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc.; Yokohama Tire Corporation.