The sales revenue of the tire industry continuously increased in China during these years. However, it experienced a decline with the decreasing output volume of tires in 2015. The total export value increased from USD 3.284 billion in 2005 to USD 13.846 billion in 2015 (tires for bicycles and motorcycles are not included) with the CAGR of 15.48%. The market share of radial tires accounted for over 80% in total export value, transferring from focusing on the export of bias tires to radial tires, which increased the added value of exported tire products. Due to the low average price, tires exported from China were confronted with many trade barriers including anti-dumping.
According to CRI, the production capacity of low and mid end tires is surplus because low barriers to entry and investment costs and lack of market information lead to universal blind investments. At present, the concentration rate of the tire industry is low, and small-scale enterprises are numerous. According to CRI, there were more than 500 tire manufacturing enterprises with an average annual output volume of less than 2 million by the end of 2015. According to CRI, the aggregate market share of top 5 tire manufacturers was less than 15%, which led to a fierce competition in 2015. Due to the high growth rate of the tire industry in China in recent years, all global leading manufacturers enter China. Most market shares of whole vehicle matching tires are occupied by foreign-owned enterprises.
Major raw materials of tires include natural rubber, synthetic rubber, steel cord material, carbon black and rubber adjuvant. The costs of raw materials accounted for about 70% of the total, which is a key factor influencing the production and operation of the tire industry.