AKRON-Smithers Scientific Services Inc. is preparing to publish a comprehensive study of the farm tire market in North America by the end of February, a company spokesman said. Company researchers said the study was prompted by ``rapidly changing market conditions,'' including a 45-percent increase in farm tire imports during the first 10 months of 1993 vs. 1992, a shift in preference from bias to radial rear tractor tires and the effects of international trade accords on farmers in North America, Japan, Korea and Western Europe.
The study is intended to assist farm tire distributors, wholesalers, importers and manufacturers in staying abreast with the rapidly changing market conditions, Smithers said.
Market research for the study will focus on:
Rear farm tires for all applications, with an emphasis on general-purpose drive-wheel tires, cane and rice field drive tires, utility tractor lug tires for construction and excavation, and logger/skidder tires for mud and other off-road uses;
The growing market for radial rear farm tires, their acceptance in the marketplace and the use of the star rating system to replace the traditional ply ratings; and
Historical unit demand figures by type of tire for the past five years with forecasts for the next three years, import vs. domestic production statistics and prices for tires from both indigenous producers and importers.
In March, the Akron-based company also intends to publish a laboratory analysis of 18.4R42 10-ply rear radial farm tractor tires in the Goodyear, Firestone and Armstrong brands.
The study will detail the rubber compounds, component parts, designs and construction techniques of each of the tires, according to the company.
For further information about the studies, contact R. Martin O'Shea, Smithers' director of market research: (216) 762-7441. Fax: (216) 762-7447.