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2018: A Record Year for Truck Tires

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Shipments of medium/heavy duty truck tires set a record in 2018. It was the biggest year for truck tires so far in the 21st century.

Actually, there were two records set, according to Modern Tire Dealer Facts Issue data:

  1. In all, the replacement and original equipment markets totaled 27.1 million units. (The previous high was in 2017, with 25.1 million.)
  2. The replacement market set its own record, with 21 million truck tires, up 7.7% from the previous high of 19.5 million — again, in 2017.

Here’s a look at how U.S. medium/heavy truck tire shipments (including imports) have changed since 2010:

Year Replacement OE Total
2018 21.0 6.1 27.1
2017 19.5 5.6 25.1
2016 18.4 5.3 23.7
2015 18.0 6.3 24.3
2014 17.3 5.8 23.1
2013 15.7 5.0 20.7
2012 16.0 5.3 21.3
2011 17.0 4.9 21.9
2010 15.3 3.0 18.3

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