WASHINGTON-Through November 1994, total U.S. shipments of all types of tires, except those for farm tractors and implements, already surpassed the totals shipped in all of 1993, according to the most recently released data from the Rubber Manufacturers Association. And even in the farm tire category, total shipments for the 11 months ran 5.5 percent ahead of the comparable 1993 period.
For the month of November alone, shipments of replacement passenger tires rose 2.7 percent, compared with the 1993 month, to 14.1 million units. Light truck tire shipments jumped 11.3 percent to 2.33 million units, while medium and wide-base truck climbed 4.9 percent to 982,000 units.
Replacement tractor/implement tire shipments for the month fell 12.1 percent to 167,200 units, while shipments of replacement industrial and utility tires soared 56.7 percent to 334,000 units.
In Canada, replacement tire shipments for the 11 months rose across the board. Those of passenger tires grew 9.1 percent to 11.7 million units; of truck and bus tires, 7.7 percent to 2.8 million units; and of tractor and implement tires, 1 percent to 254,897 units.