WASHINGTON-Tire shipments to the U.S. aftermarket declined in every category but one in December, compared with the 1994 month, according to Rubber Manufacturers Association data. Canadian replacement shipments also plunged, according to data from the Rubber Association of Canada.
In the U.S. the only category that showed improvement for the month was large off-the-road and heavy truck tires, where shipments grew 2.7 percent.
All other categories dropped: Passenger tire shipments fell 2.0 percent; light truck, 5.8 percent; medium and wide-base truck, 6.7 percent; tractor and implement tires, 15.8 percent; and industrial and utility tires, 7.4 percent.
For the full year, aftermarket shipments fell below 1994 levels in all but three categories. Light truck tires edged up 0.7 percent; tractor/implement tires rose 2.0 percent; industrial/utility tires jumped 20.1 percent. (See story on page 3 for more information.)
In Canada, replacement passenger tire shipments skidded 11.3 percent in December, while those of truck and bus tires (including light truck) plummeted 19.1 percent. However, for the full year, shipments ran ahead of 1994 in both categories-1.3 percent for passenger tires; 5.6 percent for truck/bus.