USTMA: 2021 Replacement Tire Shipments Exceeded Pre-Pandemic Levels
Domestic replacement tire shipments in three categories - passenger, light truck and truck and bus - blew past prior-year figures and exceeded pre-pandemic levels during 2021, according to the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association's (USTMA) final, full-year numbers.
A total of 224.7 million replacement passenger tires were shipped in the United States during 2021, a 10.3% year-over-year increase, according to USTMA.
In the light truck tire segment, 38.6 million units were shipped in the replacement channel, a 17.2% increase over full-year 2020 levels.
Gains were even bigger in the truck and bus tire segment, where 22.8 million replacement units were shipped domestically, a 19.3% year-over-year jump.
U.S. original equipment shipments during 2021 also exceeded full-year 2020 levels, with truck and bus tire shipments experiencing the most significant gains.
Approximately 37.4 million OE passenger tires shipped domestically during 2021, a year-over-year increase of .7%.
And 5.6 million light truck tires shipped in the U.S. OE channel last year, a year-over-year increase of 4.9%.
Meanwhile, U.S. OE truck and bus tire shipments totaled nearly 5.9 million units, a 25% leap from full-year 2020 levels.