US tire shipments expected to dip slightly in 2017

Washington – Total 2017 tire shipments in the US will be 316.8 million, down less than 1% from 2016, according to the US Tire Manufacturers Association.

Original equipment passenger tire shipments will fall 3.4 million or 6.9% to 45.9 million from 2016’s 49.3 million, the USTMA said in a 1 Dec. press release.

OE light truck tire sales will rise by 500,000 or 9.9% to 5.4 million, and OE truck tire sales will increase by 500,000 or 9.7% to 9.7 million, it said.

In the replacement sector, passenger…

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