By Oliver Hall
The leading online business information resource for the global automotive industry has revised its
Forecast to 2016 report into tyres due to the worldwide recession.
Since just-auto’s last edition of automotive tyres was published in July 2008, the outlook for the automotive industry has significantly changed.
Given the current state of the industry, just-auto has completely revised its estimates and forecasts of the automotive tyres market volumes and values.
This report now carries an addendum setting out our revised forecasts for automotive based on latest forecasting analysis for passenger car vehicle assembly in North America, Western Europe and Japan from 2005 through to 2016.
Although only one-quarter of road tyres are specified and bought by the vehicle makers, this segment of the market is significant as it drives technical development and has a major influence over the aftermarket.
The popularity of sports utility vehicles (SUVs), minivans and cross-over vehicles has prompted manufacturers to redesign their tyres, and innovation has remained focused on improving tyre dimensions, weight, rolling resistance, noise, and fuel efficiency.
Interest in run-flat tyres is another major focus of research and development, and the future tyre market is expected to be led by ultra high-performance (UHP) tyres which offer enhanced driving control, run-flat tyres which ensure safe driving even in the event of a flat tyre, and ultra fuel efficiency tyres which improve fuel efficiency.
This fifth edition of just-auto’s automotive tyres report reviews these emerging trends, and offers exclusive Q&A interviews with senior executives of Bridgestone, Continental and Goodyear, profiles of the major manufacturers, and review of the latest technical developments, and forecasts through to 2014.