The global amount of scrap tyres is rising
The car population of the world is rapidly increasing. In the 20th century automotive growth mainly took part in Europe and Northern America, but with the new millennium a wealthy middle class has sprung up in the rest of the world. Large countries like China and India have had an explosion in the number of private cars, and with more cars also more scrap tyres follow.
The leading tyre manufacturers of the world are working intensely to improve the durability of a set of tyres so that they can drive for more kilometers, but other factors such as increased focus on road safety and legislation prohibiting tyres that are too worn down, are pulling events in the opposite direction.
It is estimated that 13.5 m tonnes of tyres are scrapped every year. These figures include all sorts of tyres from car tyres to truck tyres and the huge tractor and earth moving tyres.
Below you can see the latest estimates of the scrap tyre distribution in the world.
In the download centre to the right, you can download the latest official statistics from the EU and the USA.