RMA forecasts positive trend in tread rubber shipments

Sept. 4, 2002

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.