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RMA: Expect more tire shipments in 2015

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) expects total U.S. tire shipments to slightly exceed 311 million units in 2015. The RMA’s latest forecast represents a slight increase over 2014 total shipments.

Passenger, light truck and medium/heavy truck original equipment shipments are expected to increase in 2015. Passenger and light truck replacement tires are projected to slightly decrease while replacement medium/heavy truck tire shipments should increase.

The RMA's shipment totals for 2014 and forecast for 2015 follow. Shipment totals are in millions, and figures are rounded.

   '14-Final  '15-Forecast % Change   Units (+/-)
 Original Equipment Tires        
 Passenger  47.8  49.0  2.4  1.2
 Light Truck  4.6  4.7  1.9  0.1
 Medium/Heavy Truck  5.7  5.9  3.0  0.2
 Replacement Tires        
 Passenger  206.5  205.3  -0.6  -1.2
 Light Truck  28.7  28.5  -0.7  -0.2
 Medium/Heavy Truck  17.4  17.8  2.3  0.4
 Total Shipments  310.7  311.2  0.1  0.4

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