AMHERST, Mass. (Jan. 23) — Global demand for textile reinforcements used in the rubber industry will reach 1.5 million metric tons a year by 2010, according to "Tire Cord World Data Book 2005," published this month by Notch Consulting Group.
That represents growth of 4.5 percent a year from the 1.2 million tons of demand in 2004, according to the forecast. Notch Consulting based the estimate on projected tire production of 1.7 billion tires in 2010.
Demand for tire cord fabric will grow slightly faster than tire production because of a movement toward the production of more high performance tires and larger-diameter light truck and sport-utility vehicle tires, as well as a trend toward the use of more plies per tire, the study said.
Tire cord accounted for about 86 percent of the textile reinforcement used in the rubber industry in 2004, with the rest used in mechanical goods such as conveyor belts, V-belts and reinforced hose, according to the report.