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RMA expects tread rubber shipment growth to continue

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Tread rubber shipments increased during the second half of 2002, a trend the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) says will continue through 2004.

Shipments will grow at an average rate of 2.1% per year, according to RMA officials.

Tread rubber shipment increases during the last six months of 2002 offset a 3% tread rubber shipment decline during the first half of the year.

"Shipments of tread rubber ended 2002 less than 1% down from 2001," say RMA officials.

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