WASHINGTON-U.S. replacement and original equipment truck shipments all plunged in September, dragging year-to-date totals further below the 2000 levels, according to the latest Rubber Manufacturers Association data.
After posting gains in May, June and July, aftermarket passenger tire shipments slipped behind the 2000 pace again in August and fell 15.6 percent in September, the RMA data show, leaving the nine-month total 2.5 percent behind the 2000 pace.
The drop for replacement light truck tires was even greater, falling 17.4 percent in September and dragging the nine-month total 8.4 percent lower than a year earlier. In medium truck tires, the September and year-to-date declines were the same, at 13.2 percent.
OE passenger tire shipments were down 15.2 percent for the month, and 11 percent for January-September; light truck tires fell 11 percent in September and 19.5 percent year-to-date; and medium truck tires declined 31.6 percent during the month and 40.1 percent for the nine months.