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Indian Tyre Production Up 9%

(Clacton, U.K./Tyres & Accessories) January 2006 saw total tyre production in India rise 9% to 5,623,048 tyres compared with January 2005.

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The figures calculated by the Indian Tyre Manufacturer’s association (ATMA) show that motorcycle tyre sales were up 15% totalling 1,801,839 units. This particularly rapid growth is largely explained by the reclassification of moped tyres under the motorcycle heading, but also signifies production growth in the segment.

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Passenger car tyre production increased to 1,230,869 units up 16% from the same time last year. Truck and bus and light truck production increased to 946,730 (up 8%) and 352,967 (up 14%) respectively. Perhaps unsurprisingly in light of the current global shortage, OTR tyre production increased 37% to 10,811 units in January.

But this was by no means the sharpest increase. The tractor segment experienced the strongest growth rates with the number of front tyres growing 24% to 121,150 units. Rear product production grew to 96,040 (up 12%), while tractor-trailer tyres rocketed 62% to 65,925 units in January.

The ADV (Animal Drawn Vehicle) tyre segment grew similarly quickly peaking at 37292 (up 37%) in January. Industrial tyre production grew 40% to 47,187 units.

This growth in production is reflected in ATMA’s export statistics. While total exports for the month of January only went up 2% to 452,302 units, OTR tyre exports were up 29% totalling 2678 units. Meanwhile, following sharp increases in tractor tyre production, tractor front exports totalled 1496 (up 29%) and tractor rear exports 13,507 (up 201%).

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The ATMA figures do not contain details of radialisation rates in the various segments.

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