Replacement tyre sales in Europe down in Q1 2023: Pressure on the market from widespread inflation and high energy prices

25 April 2023

The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) has today published its members’ Q1 2023 replacement tyres sales figures, indicating a significant drop in demand compared to the same period last year.

Adam McCarthy, ETRMA’s Secretary General, said, “After negative trends in the second half of 2022, the sales volumes of ETRMA member companies in the first quarter of 2023 are down for all product categories compared to the first quarter of 2022.”

The replacement consumer tyres segment saw a decline of 12 per cent in Q1 2023 compared to Q1 2022. The replacement truck and bus tyre market also declined, by 18 per cent. There was a similar pattern for agricultural tyres, where sales dropped by 39 per cent compared to Q1 2022. Similarly, there was a drop in the sales of moto tyres, though by only three per cent.

McCarthy continued, “The drop has to be seen in the context of the ongoing high inflation in all European markets and the continued negative impact of the war in Ukraine, particularly on energy prices.”

Compared to Q1 2019, truck and bus tyre sales remained at the same level, but the sales of consumer replacement tyres dropped by four and a half percentage point.