Tread Rubber Shipments to Decrease by 1.2% in 2006

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.December 20, 2006 - Continued economic growth sustained strong demand for tread rubber shipments in 2006. However, the inability to source off-road tire casings as well as the pull-forward effect of new truck purchases into 2006 — a result of 2007 engine emissions standards — will adversely affect total shipments for the year. As a result, tread rubber shipments are predicted to fall by 1.2% for 2006, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s Tread Rubber Market Analysis Committee (TRMAC). However, growth will resume in 2007 as shipments are forecasted to increase by approximately 1.3%.

The 2006 forecast will mark the first decline after three consecutive years that shipments have increased. This represents a total of approximately 15.7 million tires retreaded in 2006 in the United States.

Retreaded tires are used by commercial aviation, commercial trucks, school buses, and off-the-road vehicles such as industrial, agricultural and mining equipment.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include more than 100 companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.

1.7% Increase Predicted in 2006 Tread Rubber Shipments

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. August 30, 2006 - Continued economic growth will fuel a steady increase of 1.7 percent in U.S. tread rubber shipments through 2006, approximating 2005’s 1.9 percent growth, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s Tread Rubber Market Analysis Committee (TRMAC).

The 2006 forecast will mark the fourth consecutive year that shipments will increase, and represents a total of approximately 16.35 million retreaded tires in the United States.

Retreaded tires are used by commercial aviation, commercial trucks, school buses, and off-the-road vehicles such as industrial, agricultural and mining equipment.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include more than 100 companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.

2.8% Increase Predicted in 2006 Tread Rubber Shipments

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.March 27, 2006 - Economic growth, a strong demand for off-the-road tires, and truck traffic volume will fuel a 2.8 percent increase in 2006 total tread rubber shipments, up from 1.9 percent growth in 2005, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s Tread Rubber Market Analysis Committee (TRMAC).

Continued strength in construction, increases in the number of trucks, expansion in the manufacturing sector and positive freight trends are expected to sustain total growth through 2008 of 1.7 percent.

The 2006 forecast will mark the fourth consecutive year that shipments will increase, and represents a total of approximately 16.35 million retreaded tires in the United States.

Retreaded tires are used by commercial aviation, commercial trucks, school buses, and off-the-road vehicles such as industrial, agricultural and mining equipment.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include more than 100 companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. RMA members employ over 120,000 workers and account for more than $21 billion in annual sales.