According to the European Tire and Rubber Manufacturers Association (ETRMA) the latest statistics, by 2016 in the fourth quarter sales situation strong promotion, in addition to replacement of agricultural tires all tire varieties sales growth throughout the year.
ETRMA data show that the replacement of passenger tires and commercial tires in the fourth quarter to replace the 4.2% and 7.3% growth, compared with 2015, 2016 replacement tires sales increased by 2%, from 202.8 million to 2.067 The number of commercial tire sales has increased by 3%, from 9.5 million to 9.8 million, and commercial tires have been growing for four consecutive years.
At the same time, the original sales of passenger tires increased by 3% from 83.6 million in 2015 to 861 million in 2016. Original commercial tire sales increased slightly by 1%, from 5.6 million to 5.7 million.
Replacement of agricultural tire sales fell 6%, down from 1.5 million to 1.4 million. On the other hand, sales of motorcycles and moped tires rose from 8.6 million to 9 million, an increase of 4%. ETRMA did not release the original varieties of the tire sales data.
ETRMA said that as of the end of November 2016, Europe imported a total of 143 million passenger tires, an increase of 16%, including 65.5 million from China, accounting for 46% of total imports. Imports of commercial tires amounted to 7 million, an increase of 13%, of which 4.4 million from China, accounting for 63% of total imports.
According to statistics, in 2015 Europe imported a total of 123.6 million tires, of which 57.8 million from China.