Estimates put 2021 global tire unit output at 40–45 million units lower than in 2020. Light vehicle production, key to OE tire sales, is running 6% to 9% below pre-pandemic industry forecasts for 2021–22. Shipping container cost in late 2021 was about eight times more than in early 2020, compounding the effects of rising raw material prices.
This report maps out the global tire manufacturing supply chain from raw materials sourcing, through manufacturing, distribution, to the end consumer. It identifies current and potential disruptive factors and potential adaptations and changes over the next five years. With a focus on technology developments and other practices (e.g. predictive analytics) this report takes a look up and down the supply chain and identifies how it is adapting to and dealing with supply chain challenges. The evolution of mobility, as well as concerns such as pricing and availability of inputs such as natural rubber and petroleum, and geopolitics are also discussed.
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What will you discover?
- The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted sectors dependent on complex global supply chains, such as tire manufacturing, as well as the automotive sector
- EVs and sustainable sourcing are reshaping the global supply chain
- The significant differences in the distribution of tire raw materials, tire production and tire consumption, and how the tire industry is highly sensitive to the regional and global changes that can limit or delay sourcing, production, distribution, or demand from automakers or consumers.
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- The automotive sector’s impact on new tire development and the supply chain
- Current and potential disruptive factors to the tire industry
- Potential supply chain adaptation now and over the next five years
- The reshaping of the industry to support sustainable sourcing, manufacturing and tires
- Technology developments across the supply chain
- The role of materials pricing and geopolitics in the tire industry.
This report is based on extensive primary and secondary research. Primary research consisted of targeted interviews with tire raw material suppliers and experts in the tire industry. This was supported by secondary research in the form of extensive literature analysis of published data, official government statistics, domestic and international trade organisation data, company websites, industry reports, trade press articles, presentations, and attendance at trade events.
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About the author
- Tire makers
- Producers of tire materials
- Equipment suppliers to the tire industry
- Participants in the tire markets value chain
- Industry analysts and researchers.
Art Mayer has many years of experience in the tire industry, working in a variety of roles at Dealer Tire and as a contract writer and consultant covering a wide range of nontechnical tire topics for Smithers and its clients. He was a speaker at recent Smithers’ Traction conferences, covering the fast-emerging area of sensors and intelligent tires.