WASHINGTON—Shipments of medium and heavy truck tires to the U.S. replacement market fell in January, compared with the 1999 month, according to data from the Rubber Manufacturers Association. Shipments of replacement passenger and light truck tires rose, however—3.8 and 7.5 percent, respectively.
Aftermarket shipments of medium and wide-base truck tires fell 9.3 percent in January, though shipments to original equipment manufacturers rose 7.8 percent.
For heavy truck tires, aftermarket shipments plummeted 17.6 percent, the largest decrease from the year-ago month in any category, while OE shipments surged 13.2 percent.
The greatest increase came in OE shipments of light truck tires, which jumped 14.0 percent.
In the Canadian aftermarket, shipments of passenger tires by members of the Rubber Association of Canada grew 1.0 percent, while those of truck and bus tires (including light truck) climbed 6.9 percent.