Smithers Rapra achieves key testing correlation to support European Market

Smithers Rapra recently completed a laboratory alignment for the measurement of tire rolling resistance with the Global Network of Reference Laboratories defined in (EC) No1222/2009.

EU tire labelThe correlation extends Smithers Rapra’s capabilities as a leading independent tire testing facility for United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Regulation No. 117 (R117). R117 lays out the requirements for maximum tire rolling sound emissions, minimum wet grip performance and the maximum rolling resistance for tires that are imported into the European market.

The fully correlated Smithers Rapra Tire and Wheel Test Laboratory now allows European approval authorities’ and their clients to confidently state rolling resistance data for European type approval, conformity of production (CoP), and the EU labeling requirements that are increasingly being adopted globally. Testing to the R117 standard can be performed on C1 (passenger car) and C2 (light truck) tires.

R117 corresponds to the ISO 28580 specification that is commonly used for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay verification. Both standards are critical to supporting the sale of tires to the U.S. and European markets by global tire manufacturers.

Smithers global network of ISO17025 accredited tire test laboratories perform a wide variety of SAE, ASTM, ISO, UNECE and EC tests supporting raw material suppliers, tire manufacturers and OEMs. After completing this correlation, Smithers Rapra now has two tire and wheel testing laboratories that are equipped and correlated to provide data for the R117 rolling resistance requirements; Ravenna, Ohio and Suzhou, China. 

Learn more about Smithers Rapra’s full tire testing capabilities.

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