In the latest dealer forum hosted by Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc., the maker of Falken-brand tires says January results point to plenty of hopeful signs for the rest of 2021. Here’s a roundup of five things to watch.
The U.S. truck tire market looked much different at the end of last year than it does now. Through the end of 2019, 18.7 million medium truck tires had been shipped through the replacement downward trajectory, but numbers were still at respectable levels. And tonnage was increasing, albeit slightly. Then, not too long later, COVID-19 hit. And to say that things have not been the same since is an understatement.