U.S. shipments of replacement passenger, medium and wide-base truck and heavy truck tires grew during the first half of 2005, while those for light trucks dipped slightly.
Aftermarket shipments of passenger tires grew 4.6 percent during the period vs. 2004 to 102 million units, the latest Rubber Manufacturers Association data showed.
Those for medium and wide-base truck tires rose 4.1 percent to nearly 8 million units, while heavy truck tire shipments grew 8.3 percent to 138,400 units and shipments of LT tires slipped 0.4 percent to 17.5 million units.
Production of passenger and LT tires fell 2.8 and 7.1 percent, respectively, but medium truck tire output was up 1.2 percent, the RMA data show. Imports of car, LT, and medium truck tires were up 15.7, 3.4, and 42.2 percent, respectively.
Original equipment shipments of passenger and LT tires slid 2.2 percent and 17.1 percent, respectively, while those of medium truck tires soared 19.1 percent.