[image_0]The involved national rubber associations are Assogomma, Italy, Syndicat National du Caoutchouc et des Polymères (SNCP), France, and Wirtschaftsverband der deutschen Kautschukindustrie e. V. (wdk), Germany. They are supported by the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers' Association (ETRMA) and the following rubber laboratories: Deutsches Institut für Kautschuktechnologie e. V. (DIK), Germany, Laboratoire de Recherche et de Contrôle du Caoutchouc et des Plastiques (LRCCP), France, and Laboratorio per la Certificazione e Ricerca sui Sistemi Elastomerici (Cerisie), Italy. Spokesperson of ERRLAB is Frenchman Christian Caleca (CFCP), and Prof. Ulrich Giese (DIK) from Germany is the acting scientific liaison. The role of scientific liaison rotates annually among the participating institutions. "With the now established network of German, French and Italian rubber research institutions an important step toward strengthening of the European rubber industry has been completed, said Boris Engelhardt, Managing Director of the wdk, on setting up the research platform ERRLAB. "With this research network, companies in the European rubber industry now have access to the expertise of more than 100 researchers and scientists. This gives a good foundation for companies to meet future technical challenges and face global competition, said Engelhardt. He is convinced that the bundling of research with development capabilities and capacities for research and testing will lead to a significant improvement in the performance of the participating research institutions. Engelhardt added: "This multinational network also gives the opportunity to actively participate in EU research programmes. "ERRLAB is also a good example and important signal of German-Franco-Italian cooperation of rubber associations - a collaboration with potential, Engelhardt concluded.