WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 28)—Shipments of tread rubber used for retreaded tires showed greater strength in the second half of 2001, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, which expects the positive trend to continue through 2003. The RMA´s Tread Rubber Market Analysis Committee forecast shipments will end 2001 approximately 5 percent below 2000, adding that a correction in 2001 second half tire inventories and better economic conditions during the next two years will boost results in 2002 and 2003. Growth from 2001 to 2003 will average about 2 percent each year. More than 20 million retreaded tires were sold in the U.S. in 2001, with sales totaling more than $1.5 billion, said the RMA.
Tread rubber shipments improving
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