WASHINGTON—In August 1996, for the second consecutive month, shipments of passenger, light truck and medium truck tires to the U.S. replacement market grew, compared with the year-earlier month. Also for the second straight month, shipment data for other tire types was unavailable, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association.
The RMA also reported some changes in its classifications, effective with the August report. Tire shipments to Puerto Rico, which had been considered domestic U.S. shipments, are now considered exports. The association also said it had reclassified several truck tire sizes from medium/wide-base to heavy truck.
Aftermarket passenger tire shipments rose 5.3 percent in August to 16 million units, while light truck tires climbed 10.5 percent to 2.54 million units. Despite the reclassifications, medium and wide-base truck tires surged 10 percent to 1.14 million units.
Data for the remaining tire categories was incomplete and not reported, due in large part to the lack of participation by a major player in those segments, Titan Tire Corp., which is not a member of the RMA.
In the Canadian aftermarket, passenger tire shipments skidded 9.1 percent for the month, while truck and bus tire shipments rose 3.9 percent.