WASHINGTON — The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) is projecting tire shipment growth across the board in 2018, albeit at rather modest rates ranging from 0.4 to 3.7 percent.
Overall, shipments of passenger, light and medium/heavy truck tires are forecast to rise 0.8 percent to 319.1 million units, the USTMA said, without indicating what factors are influencing its forecast.
The most promising category, the USTMA said, is original equipment truck tires, shipments of which are expected to rise 3.7 percent to 5.6 million units. This follows solid 9.7-percent growth in 2017 over 2016.
Shipments of replacement passenger tires, the largest single category, are expected to rise 0.4 percent to 210.6 million units, the USTMA said.
Replacement light and medium truck tire shipments are forecast to rise 1.5 and 1.7 percent, respectively, to 31.8 million and 20 million units, the association said.