There's good news and bad news when it comes to the latest 2015 tire shipment projections from the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA.) Here's some good news: Replacement passenger tire shipments are expected to exceed what the RMA predicted a year ago.
United States truck tire import numbers for 2009 are in, and guess what? The numbers are down.
Retreaders produced 13 million truck tire retreads in 2009. That was down 11.5% from the previous year.
Domestic truck and bus tire shipments in the United States were down -- way down -- in 2009 vs. 2008, according to preliminary numbers by the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).
Year-to-year replacement truck tire shipments in the United States dropped 19.3% in 2009, according to the latest Modern Tire Dealer Facts Issue.
Medium/heavy truck tire imports from China are not subject to the new tariffs imposed by President Barack Obama on Chinese tires. Only consumer tire imports are affected.