Commercial Tire Sales Expected to be Flat This Year

April 05, 2013

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is expecting shipments of both OE and replacement truck tires to remain largely flat in 2013 from 2012.

An increase in demand for commercial trucks and trailers in 2012 boosted commercial OE tire shipments by 2.6%, and reached approximately 5.1 million units. However, demand for new trucks is expected to level off in 2013, and little or no change in the total OE tire units is anticipated.

This matches up with predictions from analysts and truck makers that the number of Class 8 commercial trucks sold in 2013 will be about the same as were sold in 2012.

When it comes to peplacement medium/wide-base/heavy on-highway commercial truck tires, the RMA reports that in 2012, this market declined by 4%, or 700,000 units, to 15.8 million units. There were two reasons for this: Fleets opted for new equipment and the economy remained sluggish. No increase is forecast for 2013 owing to a sluggish commercial sector.


  1. 1. Frank Sonzala [ April 05, 2013 @ 05:37AM ]

    After twenty years of automatic tire inflation systems for trailers its a given that tire sales are declining or stable. The Meritor Tire Inflation System by PSI has about 70% of the combined top 200 For Hire and Private fleets now running MTIS by PSI and the other 20% may be running 10% ATIS with the rest(10%) still not sure they need the product. If one researches tire sales per capita prior to 1993 and compare it to todays statistics its obvious the ATIS by PSI has made a big difference. The decline in tire sales is a plus for the enviroment since rubber is in dire shortage and oil continues to be very pricey. It would be interesting if there is a statistic of how many roadside service call for tires have been eliminated in the past 20 years of PSI. One thing is for sure the truckiing companies that are running ATIS are savng money and tires. Happy 20th Anniversary PSI.


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