Shipments of replacement passenger tires rose slightly in September-for the first time since May-but the year-to-date shipment total continued to lag 1.6 percent behind 2001, according to Rubber Manufacturers Association data.
Replacement shipments of light and medium truck tires, on the other hand, were up significantly over September 2001-up 9.5 and 10.5 percent, respectively. The nine-month totals also compare favorably with 2001: light truck tire shipments up 7.2 percent and medium truck tires up 10.2 percent. On the supply front, U.S. passenger tire production for January-September 2002 was down 3.2 percent from a year ago, whereas imports were up 6.9 percent.
In the light truck tire category, tire output and imports were up 4.2 percent and 42.5 percent, respectively. In medium truck tires, U.S. production was up 14.7 percent and imports grew 19.6 percent.
In Canada, replacement shipments rose in September, according to Rubber Association of Canada data.