European replacement tyre sales remain low in Q2 2023 showing the long-term economic disruption.
ETRMA Reports Sluggish Replacement Tyre Sales
The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) has reported Q2 2023 replacement tyre figures, showing negative evolution in all segments, with demand stifled by global economic insecurity and rising costs resulting from inflation.
Adam McCarthy, ETRMA’s Secretary General, said; “We have now seen negative evolution in all categories since the end of 2022. This is being driven by slowing demand combined with rising costs throughout the value chain, widespread inflation, and concerns over the global economic situation. The war in Ukraine has contributed to increased energy costs. The situation is all the more striking when looking at the first half of 2022, which had been characterised by very strong sales, boosted by stock rebuilds following the Covid-induced lockdowns.”
Q2 2023 shows a 28 per cent drop in the truck and bus segment, and a 34 per cent drop for replacement agricultural tyres.
McCarthy continued; “Our forecast for the whole year is that 2023 will end up with a decrease of replacement tyre sales compared to 2022. Tyres should not be discretionary spending; however, it is likely people are currently putting off buying replacements until the last moment.”
In a report in Retreading Business issue 3/2023, the subject of the state of the market was discussed with respect to retreaded truck tyres, and among the points raised was the idea that sales were down as tyres stockpiled during Covid were cleared from warehouses. And also, the return to the market of Chinese tyres in volume might be distorting figures, especially for retreaders.