U.S. and Canadian replacement tire shipments rose in all major categories in April and for the year-to-date, the latest industry data show.
Shipments of light truck tires to the U.S. replacement market jumped 18.5 percent in April to 2.47 million units, pushing the year-to-date total 8.3 percent ahead of last year, according to Rubber Manufacturers Association data. U.S. passenger tire shipments rose 1.9 percent for the month to 14 million units and climbed 4.5 percent for the four months to 59.6 million units. Medium/wide base truck tire shipments improved 3.3 percent to 999,000 for the month and rose 7.4 percent to 4.09 million for the year.
Canadian aftermarket passenger tire shipments were up 9.3 percent for the month, to 1.17 million units, and 8.9 percent for the year to date, to 4.01 million units, according to Rubber Association of Canada statistics. Truck and bus tire shipments rose 2.1 percent in April to 105,500 units, down measurably from the 15.5-percent gain for the January-April period.
U.S. original equipment shipments were all up in April and the year-to-date, whereas tire production in the U.S. showed a mixed performance. Production was up in all categories in April, but year-to-date output of light and medium truck tires lagged behind the 2001 level.