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RMA forecasts positive trend in tread rubber shipments

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) predicts that moderate growth in tread rubber shipments in the second half of this year compared to the same period last year will offset a first-half decline.

According to the RMA's Tread Rubber Market Analysis Committee, growth in tread rubber shipments from 2002 to 2004 will average 2.5% per year.

In addition, shipments in 2002 will produce 16.4 million tires retreaded in the United States.

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