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Tread Rubber Shipments Off in 2006

(Akron/Tire Review) RMA says that, while continued economic growth brought “sustained strong demand for tread rubber shipments in 2006,” heavy new truck purchasing over the year, coupled with a casing shortage, forced total tread rubber shipments to drop 1.2% vs. 2005.

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Increased new truck purchases this past year were the result of tougher diesel engine emissions standards that kick in next year. The drop off in 2006 was the first in three years, RMA said, and represented some 15.7 million retreaded tires in the U.S.

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Despite the downturn, RMA expects tread rubber shipments to rebound in 2007, with shipment growth forecasted at 1.3%.

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