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RMA: ´Tread rubber up in 2004´

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Shipments of tread rubber are expected to finish the year up 2.3% over 2003 levels, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).

Shipments in 2004 will produce approximately 16.7 million retreaded tires in the United States.

"Fueled by a revitalized manufacturing sector and positive freight trends, this growth is expected to continue through 2007 at an annual rate of 1.9%," say RMA officials.

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