RMA Revises its Bulletin on Motorcycle Rims

TISB Vol. 28

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 6, 2012 – The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) recently revised its Tire Information Service Bulletin (TISB) Volume 28, “Never Mount Passenger Car Tires on Motorcycle Rims Fitted to Motorcycles or Sidecars.”

The recently revised bulletin cautions against installing passenger tires on motorcycle rims. It explains that motorcycle tires and corresponding motorcycle rims are designed with a bead seat diameter and flange contour that are different than passenger car tires/rims, therefore any attempt to mount a passenger car tire on a motorcycle rim may cause inflation pressure loss or the beads to break with explosive force. The result could be serious injury or death.

“Not every tire is meant for any rim,” said Charles Cannon, RMA president and CEO. “Caution needs to be taken to ensure motorcycle tires are mounted on motorcycle rims only,” he continued.

For a copy of the newly revised TISB Volume 28, Number 3, and other service bulletins, visit RMA’s website at www.rma.org.

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2010 Tire Shipments to Increase Eight Percent

Increases to Passenger Tire Shipments Cited

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.C.August 9, 2010 - Tire shipments in 2010 are projected to increase by approximately eight percent primarily due to a 38 percent increase in Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) passenger tires and a five percent increase in passenger replacement tires, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association.

Total 2010 tire shipments are projected to increase to 282 million units from last year’s 260 million. The rebound in 2010 shipments would be roughly equal to 2008’s shipment level.

The increase in tire shipments reflects an economy reemerging from the severe economic downturn coupled with the recent turnaround of the domestic automotive manufacturers and a return to established driving habits. However, high unemployment, low consumer confidence and continued depressed home values continue to weigh on the consumer.

RMA’s Tire Market Analysis Committee forecast for key categories and their respective segments for 2010 include:

  • Original Equipment Passenger Tires:

Large increases in domestic vehicle production as a result of the resumption of auto manufacturer production driven by OEM incentive and financing programs will lead to a nearly 38 percent increase in 2010 shipments to approximately 34 million units. With the economy predicted to stabilize and slowly emerge from the recession in 2010, a rebound in vehicle sales and subsequent vehicle production is anticipated. This will further increase OE tire shipments in 2011 by nearly three million units to the 37 million unit level.

  • Original Equipment Light Truck (LT) Tires:

This category will experience an approximate 13 percent increase, or 400,000 units, in 2010 to nearly 3.2 million units due to stabilizing economic conditions and the subsequent impact on the commercial sectors which utilize light truck vehicles. Despite a continual consumer demand preference for vehicle fitments with p-metric passenger tires in place of LT tires, a nearly 100,000 unit gain is anticipated in OE LT as the economy continues to recover in 2011.

  • Original Equipment Medium/Wide-Base/Heavy On-Highway Commercial Truck Tires:

Given the severe economic conditions in the commercial sector in 2009 depressing OEM truck sales, a nearly 16 percent increase is forecast for 2010 to approximately 2.8 million units. The continued economic rebound and pent up demand for vehicles is projected to result in a net gain of approximately 800,000 units increase in shipments in 2011.

  • Replacement Passenger Tire:

Due to faster recovery in the auto sector from the protracted and deeper economic downturn in 2009, the market will realize a better than expected five percent increase in 2010, or approximately 10 million units, reaching a level of 199 million units. Growth is anticipated to continue in 2011 with the replacement sector estimated to increase by a modest twote million units.

  • Replacement Light Truck Tire:

This segment represents a core group of consumers and the small commercial vehicle market – mainly “class 3” trucks. As such, the extension of the first-time homebuyer’s tax credit provided a temporary boost to the housing/construction industry allowing for a nearly three percent increase in the forecast for replacement LT tire shipments for 2010 reaching the 28 million unit level. No further changes to this level is anticipated in 2011 primarily in line with future changes to the housing industry

  • Replacement Medium/Wide-Base/Heavy On-Highway Commercial Truck Tires:

The market will realize an increase of approximately 15 percent, or nearly two million units in 2010 to approximately 15 million units total as a result of the better than expected recovery in the commercial sector. However, given the uneven economic rebound forecast going forward, this market is expected to increase by approximately 600,000 units in 2011.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products.

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.

2010 Tire Shipments to Increase Three Percent

Modest Recovery Anticipated In 2010 For Both Consumer and Commercial Sectors

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.C.March 12, 2010 - Tire shipments in 2010 are projected to increase by approximately 3 percent or approximately 7 million units to 267 million units, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association. Total shipments experienced an 8 percent drop in 2009 to 259.7 million units.

The increase in tire shipments reflects the onset of the economic rebound, an increase in vehicle miles traveled, and a slight uptick in auto sales. As a result, this rebound is projected to extend into 2011 reaching approximately 275 million units, as the economic recovery gathers momentum.

RMA’s Tire Market Analysis Committee forecast for key categories and their respective segments for 2010 include:

  • Original Equipment Passenger Tires:

Passenger OE shipments declined by nearly 35 percent in 2009 to 24.6 million units – a low point for recent history – attributable to the economy, and large vehicle production cuts. For 2010, light vehicle production is forecast to rebound slightly resulting in an approximate 21 percent increase in OE passenger tire shipments to nearly 30 million units.

  • Original Equipment Light Truck (LT) Tires:

Consumer and commercial demand for LT OE tires were less severely impacted by the light vehicle production cuts. As a result shipments declined only 4 percent to 2.79 million units, a 100,000 unit year-over-year drop. For 2010 this category will experience a nearly 10 percent increase to more than 3 million units reflecting a strengthening economy.

  • Original Equipment Medium/Wide-Base/Heavy On-Highway Commercial Truck Tires:

For 2009, this category decreased by 36.9 percent to 2.4 million units, attributable to the continued large economic slowdown in the commercial sector. For 2010, commercial activity is expected to pick up resulting in a nearly 8 percent increase, or approximately 180,000 additional units.

  • Replacement Passenger Tire:

The sluggish economy coupled with consumers looking to extract more miles out of their tires, contributed to a decline of 4.3 million units in 2009, representing a 2.2 percent decrease for a total of 189.5 million units. However this sector is forecast to increase by nearly 1.7 million units in 2010 – or approximately 1 percent as the measured economic recovery gains hold and the number of vehicle miles traveled increases.

  • Replacement Light Truck Tire:

This market segment realized a drop of 6.5 percent, or 1.9 million units, for a total of 27.5 million units in 2009 as soft economic conditions impacted small commercial vehicles. Given that the number of vehicles for this market remains steady, the soft economic conditions and fewer vehicle miles travelled will contribute to another nearly 1 percent decline in replacement LT tire shipments in 2010 to approximately 27.3 million units.

  • Replacement Medium/Wide-Base/Heavy On-Highway Commercial Truck Tires:

This market declined to 12.9 million units in 2009, a decrease of nearly 2 million units or 13.2 percent. However, this market will realize an increase of approximately 600,000 units in 2010 as the economy picks up, and more goods are shipped.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products.

RMA’s Tire Market Analysis Committee is comprised of tire market professionals representing the major U.S. tire manufacturers, which account for over 90percent 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.

2009 Tire Shipments Revised to Drop Sixteen Percent

Sharper Decline In Original Equipment Tires Cited

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.C.August 10, 2009 - Tire shipments are projected to drop by approximately 16 percent in 2009 mainly as a result of a nearly 45 percent decline in Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) passenger tires and almost 43 percent drop in OEM Commercial truck tires, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association.

Total 2009 tire shipments are projected to decline approximately 45 million units to 237 million units. This level is approximately 84 million units less than the peak of 321 million units in 2000. The decrease in tire shipments reflects the recent struggles of automotive manufacturers, low consumer confidence, high unemployment, and depressed home values.

Vehicle miles travelled seem to have stabilized and domestic economic conditions for both the consumer and commercial sectors appear to have bottomed and are poised for a rebound in 2010. The tire industry is expected to realize a nearly 8 percent growth in 2010 reaching the 260 million unit level.

RMA’s Tire Market Analysis Committee forecast for key categories and their respective segments for 2009 include:

  • Original Equipment Passenger Tires: Large decreases in domestic vehicle production as a result of auto manufacturer production shutdowns and bankruptcy reorganizations will result in a nearly 46 percent decrease in 2009 shipments to approximately 21 million units. With the economy predicted to emerge from the recession in 2010, a rebound in vehicle sales and subsequent vehicle production is anticipated, which will result in a nearly 11 million increase in OE tire shipments in 2010. Note that this projection does not account for any changes to the auto industry as a result of further federal intervention or consumer incentive programs.
  • Original Equipment Light Truck (LT) Tires: This category will experience an approximate 12 percent decrease, or 400,000 units, in 2009 to nearly 2.6 million units due to slower economic conditions and its impact on the commercial sectors which utilize light truck vehicles. There is continued consumer demand for vehicle fitments with P-Metric passenger tires in place of LT tires and as the economy gradually recovers in 2010, a nearly 100,000 unit gain is anticipated.
  • Original Equipment Medium/Wide-Base/Heavy On-Highway Commercial Truck Tires: Given the downward revisions in the economic conditions in the commercial sector, a nearly 44 percent decline to approximately 2.2 million units is anticipated for 2009– a decrease of over 1.6 million units. The economic rebound anticipated for 2010 along with pent up demand for vehicles is projected to result in a net gain of approximately 500,000 units increase in shipments.
  • Replacement Passenger Tire: As a result of the protracted economic downturn and the onset of economic recovery pushed closer to 2010, the market will realize another decrease of nearly 9 percent, or approximately 18 million units, reaching a level of 176 million units. Growth is anticipated to resume in 2010 with the replacement sector estimated to increase by approximately 5 million units, or slightly better than 3 percent, in tandem with the projected economic growth in the consumer sector.
  • Replacement Light Truck Tire: Although the number of vehicles for this market remains steady and largely represented by small commercial vehicles, further declines in economic conditions is forecasted to contribute to a nearly 18 percent decline in replacement LT tire shipments in 2009 to the 24 million unit level. An increase of nearly 8 percent is anticipated in 2010 in keeping with commercial economic forecasts.
  • Replacement Medium/Wide-Base/Heavy On-Highway Commercial Truck Tires: The market will realize another decrease of over 3 million units in 2009 to approximately 12 million units as a result of the protracted recovery. Given the uneven economic rebound forecast for 2010, this market is expected to increase by less than 1 million units to nearly 13 million units.

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    The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products.

2009 Tire Shipments to Drop Seven Percent

Rebound Anticipated in 2010 for Both Consumer and Commercial Sectors

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.C.March 16, 2009 - Tire shipments are projected to drop more than 7 percent in 2009 following a nearly 9 percent drop in 2008, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association.

Total 2009 tire shipments are projected to decline approximately 21 million units to 261 million, a level last experienced in 1993 and approximately 60 million units fewer than the 321 million unit peak in 2000.

The decrease in tire shipments reflects the continued erosion of consumer confidence, higher unemployment, depressed auto sales, a decline in vehicle miles travelled and downward revisions in domestic economic conditions for both the consumer and commercial sectors.

A turnaround is projected to begin in 2010, in line with economic forecasts, where the industry is expected to realize a modest recovery nearing the 270 million unit level.

RMA’s Tire Market Analysis Committee forecast for key categories and their respective segments for 2008 include:

  • Original Equipment Passenger Tires: Decreases in domestic vehicle production led an 18.7 percent decline to 37.6 million units in 2008. Further decreases in domestic vehicle production will result in a nearly 22 percent decrease in 2009 shipments to approximately 29 million units. However, as the economy emerges from the recession in 2010, a rebound in vehicle sales and subsequent vehicle production is anticipated, which will result in a nearly 6 million unit recovery in this category. Note that this projection does not account for any changes to the auto industry as a result of recent federal intervention and/or the potential for bankruptcy.
  • Original Equipment Light Truck (LT) Tires: The combination of consumer demand for vehicles with higher fuel economy, a shift in vehicle fitments to P-Metric passenger tires and market share increases by import vehicle manufacturers, will all continue to significantly impact light truck vehicles fitted with LT tires. As a result, this category experienced a decrease of 34.5 percent in 2008 for a total of 2.9 million OE units. For 2009, another 900,000 unit decrease is anticipated owing to the slower economic conditions and its impact on the commercial sectors that utilize light truck vehicles. However, a nearly 300,000 unit gain is anticipated in 2010.
  • Original Equipment Medium/Wide-Base/Heavy On-Highway Commercial Truck Tires: For 2008, this category decreased by 17.6 percent to 3.8 million units, attributable to the larger than anticipated economic slowdown in the commercial sector. Given the further decreases in economic activity forecasted for this sector in 2009, another nearly 30 percent decline to approximately 2.6 million units is anticipated. However, the economic rebound projected for 2010 along with pent up demand for vehicles is projected to result in a net gain of approximately 600,000 units increase in shipments.
  • Replacement Passenger Tire: The slowing economy, decline in vehicle miles traveled and consumers squeezing more miles out of their tires, all contributed to a 10.2 million unit decline, a decrease of 5 percent, for a total of 193.8 million units in 2008. Furthermore, given the expected soft economic conditions for 2009, the market will realize another decrease of nearly 3.5 percent, or approximately 7 million units, reaching a level of 187 million units — a figure that approximates passenger replacement shipments of a decade ago. Growth is anticipated to resume in 2010 with the replacement sector estimated to increase by approximately 3 million units, or less than 2 percent, mirroring the projected measured growth in the consumer sector.
  • Replacement Light Truck Tire: This market segment realized a drop of 14 percent, or 4.8 million units, for a total of 29.4 million units in 2008. Although the number of vehicles for this market remains steady and largely represented by small commercial vehicles, declining economic conditions and fewer vehicle miles travelled will contribute to a nearly 8 percent decline in replacement LT tire shipments in 2009. However, an increase of nearly 6 percent is anticipated in 2010 in step with commercial economic forecasts.
  • Replacement Medium/Wide-Base/Heavy On-Highway Commercial Truck Tires: This market declined to 14.8 million units in 2008, a decrease of nearly 1.7 million units or 10.4 percent. The market will realize another decrease of 1.6 million units in 2009 as fewer goods will be transported as a result of the economic slowdown and protracted recovery. But given the economic rebound forecast for 2010, this market is expected to increase to nearly 14 million units.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry. Its members include more than 80 companies that manufacture various rubber products, including tires, hoses, belts, seals, molded goods, and other finished rubber products. All RMA press releases are available at www.rma.org.

RMA’s Tire Market Analysis Committee is comprised of tire market professionals representing the major U.S. tire manufacturers, which account for over 90percent 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.

Tire Manufacturer Group Issues Service Bulletin for Nitrogen Inflation of Passenger and Light Truck Tires

TISB 44-Using Nitrogen to Inflate Passenger and Light Truck Tires in Normal Service Applications

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Dan Zielinski
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WASHINGTON, D.C.November 6, 2006 - The Rubber Manufacturers Association today issued a service bulletin on “Using Nitrogen to Inflate Passenger and Light Truck Tires in Normal Service Applications.”

The use of nitrogen inflation systems by tire retailers has increased in recent years. RMA, which represents tire manufacturers, issued the Tire Information Service Bulletin to provide general information about inflating tires with nitrogen.

The RMA bulletin notes that nitrogen is an inert (non-flammable) gas – basically, nothing more than dry air with oxygen removed (air contains about 78% nitrogen). Because of its inert properties, nitrogen is often used in highly specialized service applications and/or demanding environments.

Applications such as aircraft, mining, and commercial/heavy use utilize nitrogen to help reduce the risk of internal combustion (fire) if the brake/rim/wheel components overheat. Also, dry nitrogen is used in professional racing to help reduce variation in inflation pressures (caused by moisture) where even small differences in pressure can affect vehicle handling at the extreme limits of performance.

For normal tire service applications, nitrogen inflation is not required. However, nitrogen inflation is permissible as its properties may contribute to minor reductions in inflation pressure loss. Nevertheless, several other sources of pressure leaks, such as punctures, tire/rim interface (bead), valve, valve/rim interface, and the wheel, may negate the benefit of nitrogen.

If the tire inflation pressure is below the pressure specified on the vehicle placard, the tire must be re-inflated – whether with air or nitrogen – to the proper inflation pressure.

RMA warns that depending on nitrogen alone to reduce the requirements for inflation maintenance may, in fact, lead to under inflated operation, which may result in premature tire failure.

“With the right amount of inflation pressure, you will achieve optimum tire performance,” RMA wrote. “This means your tires will wear longer, save fuel and help prevent accidents.”

And above all, the RMA bulletin strongly reminded motorists to check tire pressure at least once a month when tires are cold and to use the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure.

“Whether inflated by air or nitrogen, regular inflation pressure maintenance remains critical and necessary,” RMA wrote. “Use of nitrogen alone is not a replacement for regular inflation pressure maintenance.”

Consumers can download RMA’s Tire Service Information Bulletins at www.rma.org.

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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.