Tire shipments to the U.S. replacement market fell in all product categories during the first month of 2003 from the same period in 2002, while those to original equipment manufacturers generally rose, the latest Rubber Manufacturers Association data showed.
In January, aftermarket shipments of passenger tires fell 5 percent from the same month a year ago. Light truck tire shipments slipped 3.1 percent, medium and wide base truck tires slid 1.4 percent and those for heavy truck tires declined 5.6 percent.
In Canada, replacement shipments of passenger tires fell, while those of light truck and medium/heavy truck tires grew, according to the Rubber Association of Canada.
As for U.S. tire shipments to the OEMs, the results were more positive. Shipments of OE medium and wide base truck tires soared 31 percent. Those for light truck tires also rose, up 22.1 percent, while OE passenger tire shipments improved 1.9 percent.
Heavy truck tires was the only segment to post a decline, with OE shipments falling 14.7 percent in January.