USTMA Forecasts 2.4 Million Fewer Replacement Tire Shipments in 2019

Posted on March 6, 2019

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) projects 2019 U.S. tire shipments will decrease to 327 million units compared to 329.4 million units in 2018.

Original equipment (OE) passenger tire shipments are expected to decrease by 0.6 million units, while passenger tire replacement shipments are projected to decrease by 0.6 million units compared to a historically strong 2018.

Original equipment and replacement light truck tire shipments are expected to increase while decreases are projected for original equipment and replacement truck tire shipments.

Due to the U.S. government shutdown and delayed release of December trade data, the 2018 data is preliminary. USTMA says its forecast was completed after the announcement of the antidumping and countervailing duties for Chinese truck tires. The duties have been incorporated into the forecast.

USTMA 2019 Projected Tire Shipments

2018 - Preliminary

2019 Forecast

% ChangeUnits +/(-)
Original Equipment Tires
Light Truck5.65.7 1.1 0.1

Replacement Tires
Light Truck31.531.8 0.8 0.3
Total Shipments329.4327.0-0.7-2.4

Note: All shipments in millions. Figures are rounded.

USTMA is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S. The group’s 12 member companies operate 56 tire-related manufacturing facilities in 17 states and generate over $27 billion in annual sales.

For more information, visit

Related Topics: commercial tires, consumer tires, passenger tires, truck tires

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
David Alari, left, and Rob Schussler, will work as sales managers for Kenda.
News Kenda Adds to Sales Team

American Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. has hired two regional sales managers. David Alari will cover the western U.S., while Rob Schussler will serve the eastern region.

Hankook says the e3 Wide DL21 is available in size 445/50R22.5.
Product Hankook Offers New Ultra-Super-Single Drive Tire

The new e3 Wide DL21 ultra-super-single drive tire from Hankook Tire America Corp. is designed to provide greater longevity and mileage over its predecessor.

Continental dealers and their guests enjoyed water sports aboard a cruise ship as part of their reward for participating in the Continental Gold associate dealer program. Trips can be one of the many rewards offered for associate dealer group participation.
Article Tire Manufacturers’ Associate Dealer Programs Offer Benefits and Rewards

You are not in this alone. Tire manufacturers back your business in the form of associate dealer groups, which offer you payouts for purchases, discounts, training, opportunities to participate in annual trips and much more.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from MTD delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the tire industry and don't miss a thing!