WASHINGTON—Tire shipments to the U.S. and Canadian replacement markets rose across the board in March, compared with the 1999 month, according to data from the Rubber Manufacturers Association and its Canadian counterpart, the Rubber Association of Canada.
Replacement shipments also generally rose for the first quarter, compared with the first three months of last year, with the exception of medium and heavy truck tires in the U.S., which slipped 2.2 and 4.1 percent, respectively.
For the month, the greatest increases, in percentage terms, came in the Canadian aftermarket, where RAC members shipped 26.7 percent more passenger tires than a year ago and 14.1 percent more truck tires (including LT-designated light truck tires).
In the U.S. aftermarket, the largest increases in March were in light truck tires, where shipments climbed 11 percent, and passenger tires, which grew 6.9 percent.
On the original equipment side, U.S. shipments of heavy truck tires surged 24.1 percent.