WASHINGTON-Shipments of passenger and light truck tires to the U.S. replacement market showed little change in April, compared with the same 1994 month, according to data from the Rubber Manufacturers Association. At the same time, shipments of passenger and truck/bus tires to the Canadian aftermarket showed significant growth, according to the Rubber Association of Canada.
In the U.S., shipments of replacement truck tires fell for the month: Those of medium and wide-base truck tires dipped 4.3 percent; large off-the-road and heavy truck tires plunged 20.9 percent.
The lone bright spot in the U.S. aftermarket was in industrial and utility tires, where shipments jumped 27.1 percent in April.
In Canada, shipments of replacement passenger tires rose 6.6 percent for the month and were 8.9-percent ahead of 1994 for the year to date. Shipments of truck and bus tires climbed 13.3 percent in April and leapt 20.9 percent for the four months.
Shipments of tractor and implement tires, how-ever, skidded 36.5 percent in the month, and were down 23.7 percent for the year. Data on U.S. farm tire shipments remained unavailable.