2012 Tire Shipments Expected to Grow By 1.2 Percent

Slight Downward Revision Given Sluggish Economy

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 20, 2012 – Tire shipments in 2012 are projected to increase by approximately 1.2 percent – just over 3 million units- to 288 million units, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA). The modest growth can attributed to the increase in new vehicle sales and a slight increase in vehicle miles traveled.

Original equipment (OE) tire shipments for both the light vehicle and commercial truck markets will be up nearly 16 percent for 2012 as continued pent up demand for both for light vehicles and commercial trucks will add to domestic new vehicle sales and production.

Growth in replacement tire shipments is expected to drop by approximately 2 percent, or nearly 4 million units, to 236 million total units in 2012. Overall the decline is moderated by the mild growth still projected in Gross Domestic Product and the Industrial Production Index for both the consumer and commercial sectors.

RMA’s Tire Market Analysis Committee forecast for key categories and their respective segments for 2012 include:

  • Original Equipment (OE) Passenger Tires: Passenger OE tire shipments are anticipated to increase by 7 million units, or slightly more than 18 percent, to 42 million units in 2012 as domestic vehicle production is expected to increase. Total light vehicle sales for 2012 were revised to greater than 14 million vehicles, from 12.8 million vehicles sold in 2011. Additionally, improved OE tire shipments for 2012 vs. 2011 are partially attributed to the rebound in vehicle inventory and availability, which was affected by the 2011 Japanese earthquake/tsunami.
  • Original Equipment Light Truck (LT) Tires: A nearly 1 percent increase is anticipated for 2012 as domestic vehicle production using LT tires will experience a small increase tempered by soft economic conditions in this commercial sector. As a result, this category is forecast to be 4.2 million total units.
  • Original Equipment Medium/Wide-Base/Heavy On-Highway Commercial Truck Tires: Pent up demand for commercial trucks and trailers concurrent with a forecasted 4 percent increase in the Industrial Production Index in 2012 will enable this sector to grow by 12 percent in 2012, or nearly 600,000 units, or 5.5 million units total.
  • Replacement Passenger Tire: Shipments in 2012 are forecasted to decrease by approximately 2 million units, or nearly 1 percent, to 192 million units as pent up demand has failed to materialize. This is attributed to, in-part, softer economic conditions than previously forecasted. Vehicle miles travelled for 2012 has increased, in part due to the mild winter. As a result, an uptick in replacement shipments is forecasted for the second half of 2012.
  • Replacement Light Truck Tire: A decrease of approximately 900,000 units, or 3 percent, is expected for 2012 such that the total LT replacement market will decline to 28 million units. This is a result of 2012 new light truck vehicle sales decreasing demand for replacement tires. However, the decline will be moderated by anticipated stronger second half growth in 2012 given the soft market conditions in the latter part of 2011.
  • Replacement Medium/Wide-Base/Heavy On-Highway Commercial Truck Tires: For 2012, this market is forecasted to decline by approximately 6 percent, about 1 million units, to 15.5 million units as fleets opt for new equipment and the economy remains sluggish.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.

RMA’s Tire Market Analysis Committee is comprised of tire market professionals representing the major U.S. tire manufacturers, which account for more than 90 percent of all U.S. tire shipments. Their analyses and forecasts of current and future industry activity include a review of RMA tire industry and economic data, government trade figures, and vehicle sales and production. TMAC develops its consensus view for tire demand from this process. The views expressed in this release are not the sole opinion of any one committee member, member company, or RMA representative.

RMA Promoting Proper Tire Repair

Free Materials Provided to Tire and Auto Service Providers

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 10, 2012 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) wants to help tire and automotive repair businesses educate consumers about proper tire repair.

For decades, RMA has published tire repair standards that are recognized by the industry and courts. The tire manufacturer group is asking automotive repair businesses to help promote proper tire care to their customers under the banner of “Repaired Right Here™.”

“We’re providing tire dealers, auto dealers, auto repair facilities and others with free tools to allow those businesses to address punctured tires with industry-approved tire repair standards,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “For those who train their people to repair tires properly and follow RMA’s repair procedures, we invite them to promote themselves and their business by telling their customers that tires are ‘Repaired Right Here™.’

The materials include RMA’s puncture repair wall chart with detailed procedures to teach and remind repair technicians to properly inspect, assess and, if conditions warrant, repair tires according to longstanding industry standards.

Also included are a one-page summary of RMA’s puncture repair procedures suitable for explaining to customers who ask about tire repair policies and a Repaired Right Here™ decal to display in a retail location once RMA’s tire repair procedures are implemented.

The materials were part of a large-scale RMA mailing to more than 220,000 automotive service providers, tire dealers, auto dealers and others. The mailing included four important tire repair and service wall charts plus a comprehensive CD with many additional tire service publications. The materials are important reference materials for any business that sells or services tires.

“Consumers should understand that there’s a right way and a wrong way to repair tires,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “Improper tire repairs are a safety risk and should be avoided. We hope that these materials will not only serve as important reminders and training tools for tire and auto repair technicians but also will be used to help educate consumers about proper tire repair.”

Among the criteria to perform a proper repair are:

    • Repairs are limited to the tread area only;

 

    • Puncture injury cannot be greater than ¼-inch (6mm) in diameter;

 

    • Repairs must be performed by removing the tire from the rim/wheel assembly to perform a complete inspection to assess all damage that may be present ;

 

    • Repairs cannot overlap;

 

  • A rubber stem, or plug, must be applied to fill the puncture injury and a patch must be applied to seal the inner liner. A common repair unit is a one-piece unit with a stem and patch portion. A plug by itself or a patch by itself is an unacceptable repair.

The complete guidelines for proper tire repair can be accessed on RMA’s Puncture Repair Procedures for Passenger and Light Truck Tires wall chart. The chart is available for purchase at www.rma.org. A free, downloadable, PowerPoint version of the wall chart also is available from RMA’s web site.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.

Free RMA Tire Care and Service Materials on the Way!

More than 220,000 Tire and Auto Service Providers To Receive Critical Information

For more information contact:
Dan Zielinski
(202) 682-4846
dzielinski@rma.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 10, 2012 – More than 220,000 tire dealer, auto dealer and automotive repair locations will receive free tire care and service materials this month courtesy of the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA).

RMA is providing this information to tire and automotive service locations nationwide to help ensure that service technicians have tire manufacturer guidelines for the proper care and service of tires.

The mailing includes four important tire repair and service wall charts. Additionally, the mailing contains a CD-ROM with an updated RMA Tire Care and Service Manual plus more than a dozen tire information service bulletins. The materials are important reference materials for any business that sells or services tires.

RMA is a recognized leader in publishing valuable and informative tire care and service materials. RMA publications are recognized standards by industry and courts.

“We have been working with our members to review and update many of our tire care and service publications,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “So many businesses rely on RMA publications for important tire service information that our members wanted to distribute this updated information free of charge to as broad an industry audience as possible.”

Four printed RMA wall charts are included in the mailing:

    • Puncture Repair Procedures for Passenger and Light Truck Tires

 

    • Demounting and Mounting Procedures for Automobile and Light Truck (LT) Tires

 

    • Inspection Procedures for Identification of Potential Zipper Ruptures in Steel Cord Radial Medium and Light Truck Tires

 

  • Puncture Repair Procedures for Truck/Bus Tires

The CD-ROM is easily navigable and all publications can be downloaded or printed. All of the publications on the CD also are available in a free electronic download format from RMA’s web site at www.rma.org. Additional hard copies of the wall charts are available for a nominal fee plus shipping.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that make tires in the U.S.