WASHINGTON-U.S. shipments of replacement and original equipment tires surged in all categories in August, with the exception of industrial/utility tires, Rubber Manufacturers Association statistics show. Aftermarket shipments of passenger tires grew 8.6 percent for the month to 16.4 million units, pushing the year-to-date total 4.5 percent ahead of 1993, to 114.2 million units. OE shipments grew still more, climbing 29.2 percent in August to 5.06 million units and advancing the yearly total 15.3 percent.
In the light truck segment, replacement shipments jumped 25.2 percent in August to 2.67 million units; year-to-date totals rose 11.4 percent. OE shipments soared 76.9 percent during the month to 549,000, and leapt 33.3 percent for the year.
Industrial and utility tires were the only category to decline in August. Aftermarket shipments fell 10.5 percent during the month to 294,000 units, but remained 9.1 percent ahead for the year at 2.43 million units. OE shipments climbed 15 percent for the month and were 9.7 percent ahead of last year for the first eight months.
In medium and wide-based truck tires, aftermarket shipments grew 4.8 percent in August and remain 8.5 percent ahead for the year-to-date.