Another tough year for Chinese tire makers

Article published in ERJ’s July/August 2018 issue

Feedstock, environmental rules and utilisation rates add to issues facing China’s tire manufacturers, reports Jane Ho

Last year was another polarising year for China’s tire sector. The country’s tire production in 2017 increased by 5.4% from 2016 to 926 million units, a third of the global total. Tire makers’ production had a 7.1% rise to 653 million units, data from China’s ministry of industry and IT also shows.

Radial tire production climbed 8.5% to 613 million units – including 131 million…

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