WASHINGTON-U.S. tire shipments to both the original equipment and replacement markets grew strongly in February, compared with the 1993 month, according to recently released data from the Rubber Manufacturers Association. The only exception to this trend was in the industrial and utility tire segment, where aftermarket shipments slid 6.6 percent.
Shipments of replacement passenger tires rose 8.2 percent to 12.9 million units, while OE shipments climbed 18.2 percent to 5.1 million units.
Replacement light truck tires grew 12.8 percent to 1.91 million units, while OE shipments jumped 20.5 percent to 477,000 units.
Among medium and wide-base truck tires, aftermarket shipments advanced 9.2 percent to 875,000 units, while OE surged 25.1 percent to 371,000 units.
OE shipments of farm tires soared 46.5 percent to 102,600 units, though replacement shipments increased just 3.5 percent to 181,700 units.
In Canada, replacement tire shipments also generally grew in February. Passenger tire shipments climbed 12.3 percent to 798,387 units, while those of truck/bus tires (including light truck) rose 3.3 percent to 195,908 units.