Correct tire pressure is a vital but often neglected element in ensuring safe and economical driving. Incorrectly inflated tires can be a contributing factor in accidents. They can also generate preventable CO2 emissions through extra fuel consumption caused by increased rolling resistance and can needlessly shorten the life of the tires themselves.
Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) help prevent these problems by warning drivers about incorrectly inflated tires. The EU has decided that TPMS will become mandatory throughout Europe in 2012. The details of how such legislation will be implemented will be decided in March of this year.
Beru of Germany and Schrader Electronics of the UK are the current market leaders in TPMS, with German tire and auto electronics maker Continental and US-based safety specialist TRW Automotive also major suppliers.
Schrader claims to have supplied half of the 20 million TPMS fitted globally in 2008.
It is our job to defend that position, said Alfonso Di Pasquale, vice president business development at Schrader Electronics. Global TPMS demand could double when the EU legislation becomes mandatory.