ERJ staff report (DS)
Brussels -- The European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association has published its 2011 Statistical Report which has seen a thorough overhaul to offer its readers a more detailed and extensive collection of statistical information. The Report can be downloaded for free from the ETRMA website (below) The report tracks both the tyre industry and the non-tyre rubber industry.
While the tyre industry accounts for 66 percent of the value of European rubber production, the non-tyre segment accounts for 34 percent. The non-tyre segment offers higher added value, as the sales in the non-tyre segment account for 39 percent of the total. Furthermore, the non-tyre segment is much more export oriented, accounting for half Europe's rubber exports by value.
The non-tyre segment recovered strongly in 2010 compared with 2009, showing a total turnover increase of 22.7 percent. The tyre industry also showed a strong recovery, with volume growth of 26.1 percent in 2010 over 2009.
In the tyre segment, imports have been growing. ETRMA member share of the EU replacement market for consumer tyres fell to 78 percent in 2010 from 80 percent in 2009. Meanwhile the total size of the market increased significantly to 277 million units from 251 million in 2009.
Local manufacturers fared better in the heavy truck segment, where replacement sales increased to 11.5 million units in 2010 from 10.23 million in 2009. ETRMA share increased to 90 percent from 89 percent in that market.
In 2010, China, Japan and Korea together made up 54 percent of the EU pasenger car and light truck tyre
imports. In the truck and bus segment, it is especially noteworthy that Chinese imports alone accumulated to
In the consumer segment, imports from China to the EU reached 40 million units in 2010, up from 14 million in 2005 and just 3.5 million in 2000. The first seven months (Jan-July) of 2011 saw imports reach 27.2 million units. The growth of imports from China in the truck tyre segment has been even more striking. In 2010 imports reached 1.5 million, up from 548 000 in 2005 andjust 70 000 in 2000. The first seven months of 2011 saw imports breach 1 million units, putting the year's imports ontarget to beat 2 million units for the first time ever. Exports from the EU to CHhina are, by contrast, negligible.
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2011 statistical report from ETRMA