WASHINGTON—Total U.S. tire shipments will total 311.2 million in 2015, a slight increase over the 310.7 million shipped in 2014, the Rubber Manufacturers Association has projected.
The RMA expects shipments in all major original equipment tire sectors to rise in 2015: passenger tires to 49 million from 47.8 million; light truck tires to 4.7 million from 4.6 million; and medium/heavy truck tires to 5.9 million from 5.7 million.
Passenger and light truck replacement tire shipments, however, will decrease slightly, according to the association. Replacement passenger tire shipments will dip in 2015 to 205.3 million from 206.5 million, while replacement light truck tires will inch down to 28.5 million from 28.7 million.
Replacement medium/heavy truck tire shipments will rise to 17.8 million in 2015 from 2014's 17.4 million, according to the RMA.