WASHINGTON-Tire shipments to the U.S. replacement market fell nearly across the board in May, compared with the 1994 month, according to data from the Rubber Manufacturers Association. At the same time, shipments to the Canadian aftermarket sank in two of the three categories monitored by the Rubber Association of Canada.
In the U.S., the lone bright spot came in the industrial and utility tire segment, where replacement shipments jumped 28.8 percent for the month and soared 40.2 percent through the first five months of the year, compared with the same period last year.
In all other segments, aftermarket shipments were below 1994 levels for the month, but only in two-passenger tires and heavy and large off-the-road tires-were shipments lower for the five months: down 3.4 percent and 16.9 percent, respectively.
Shipments of replacement medium and wide-base truck tires, down 1.1 percent in May, were roughly the same as last year for the five months.
In Canada, aftermarket shipments of passenger tires slid 5.2 percent in May, but were up 6 percent for the five months. Shipments of tractor and implement tires plunged 34.3 percent for the month and skidded 25.8 percent for the year to date.