Nigeria Considering Shearography to Control Substandard Tyres

Substandard new and used tyres are a huge concern for the Nigerian government. Tyre related accidents and deaths are amongst the highest causes of road fatalities in the African state.

The import of used tyres is already illegal but the trade continues with tyres arriving in the country from across its land borders and from seaports. Traders in used tyres are raided by the authorities but often cheap poor quality new tyres are as much to blame as used tyres.

Recently the Nigerian government introduced a ban on the import of substandard tyres, which the government says its agencies will enforce as from September.

One of the tools it is considering using is shearography. The task would entail inspecting some 20,000 tyres per day. It is not clear whether the government mean batch testing from 20,000 tyres per day, or actually testing every single tyre. If the latter there should be shearpography suppliers queuing up to deliver systems!

About the author

David is the Owner and Publisher of Tyre & Rubber Recycling. With over 30 years' experience as a specialist tyre industry journalist, he first entered the tyre industry in 1987 as Editor of Tyres & Accessories. He was Editor of Tyre Trade News between 1993-96 before establishing Retreading Business in 1997. In 2004 he acquired the Malaysian tyre magazine The Tyreman, before establishing Tyre & Rubber Recycling in 2009. In addition to his publishing ventures, he was also Director of the Retread Manufacturers' Association between 2004 and 2014.


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