Tire shipments to the U.S. replacement market rose in three of four categories in May, according to the latest Rubber Manufacturers Association data.
Shipments of passenger and light truck tires rose 5.2 percent and 5.4 percent, respectively, during the month, while those of medium and wide-based truck tires slid 2.2 percent. Aftermarket shipments of heavy truck tires increased 2.3 percent during the period.
Year-to-date, replacement shipments remained well ahead of the prior year's totals. Passenger tire shipments were up 6 percent, light truck tires up 17.8 percent, medium and wide-base truck tires up 4.8 percent and heavy truck tires up 22.6 percent.
Tires shipped to the original equipment markets were mixed during the month. Passenger and light truck tires shipped to OE manufacturers fell 1.7 percent and 7.4 percent, respectively. In contrast, OE shipments of medium and wide-base truck tires rose 25.6 percent, while those of heavy truck tires soared 45.2 percent.