Brussels - The tyre industry has mix feelings for the year 2009, says European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers´ Association (ETRMA).
The decrease of passenger car tyre sales in the replacement market in 2009 was less big than in 2008, however the Original Equipment Market (OEM) still recorded a -18 percent decrease. During the last quarter of 2009 a small but constant increase was reported for both markets.
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Looking at the major markets in 2009 only Germany, Italy Austria and Poland increased their sales, but the volume is still less than in 2007. Meanwhile in France, UK and Spain the markets maintained their sales or even small amount of decrease was reported.
The truck tyre market continued to be seriously depressed in 2009. The Replacement sales suffered a further -16 percent decrease compared to 2008. The OEM sales were -62 percent lower than in 2008. The total sales (Replacement Market + OEM) reached only 10 million units which is a -30% decrease compared to 2008.
In 2009 all truck tyre markets have further declined and the negative tendency continued.
The agriculture segment witnessed also a -16 percent decrease in 2009 compared to 2008.
More information and figures under etrma.org.