WASHINGTON-Tire shipments to the U.S. replacement market grew across the board in September, compared with the year-ago month, according to recently released data from the Rubber Manufacturers Association. Still, in three categories-passenger, light truck and tractor/implement tires-shipments through the first three quarters of 1993 remained within a percentage point of 1992 levels.
In Canada, aftermarket tire shipments also were up across the board for the month, but unlike in the U.S., shipments for the first nine months of the year ran substantially ahead of 1992 levels.
In the U.S., the greatest increase for both the month and year to date came in the industrial and utility tire segment, where September shipments jumped 14.8 percent to 250,000 units, bringing the nine-month total to 2.48 million units, 7.2 percent more than in 1992.
The Rubber Association of Canada does not report separate figures for industrial/utility tires. There, the largest increases came in the truck/bus tire category (which includes light truck), where shipments leaped 15.5 percent in September to 271,605 units, and surged 22.8 percent for the year to 2.02 million units.