Vente de pneus : Une Baisse de la Demande Inquiète les Opérateurs
22 April 2014 - Défi Media Group
Plusieurs revendeurs de pneus se plaignent de la lenteur du secteur malgré la hausse du nombre de voitures sur nos routes. Ils attribuent cette baisse à la réticence des Mauriciens de prendre le volant, vu la montée des prix des carburants ces dernières années.
With the increasing number of vehicles on our roads, an increase in tire sales only logical. But "this is not the case here, with a considerable decrease of 15% of our revenues in the past three years. It should, moreover, be emphasized here that Mauritians spend less in their cars, despite the fact that there are more vehicles on our roads, "says an operator of Flacq.
Side of Continental Tyres , Cédric Crown gives an entirely different opinion. "The Continental brand tires are becoming more popular over the years because people are aware of the need to change their tires regularly. Thus, we have generated an increase in sales, "he says.
The decline in demand, Dhanan Gunnoo Tyre Zone Ltd assigns to higher fuel prices. "The price of oil and gasoline has been a significant increase over the past decade, and so, Mauritians are reluctant to travel," he says, adding that the decline in demand for tires world, not just here. Cedric Crown has on his side, that most Mauritians prefer lower grade tires, especially those from China. However, he says that the trend is changing slowly but gradually.
Types of tires, there are many and the prices depend on the different grades and dimensions, according to our interlocutor Flacq. "The most popular among Mauritians brands are Michelin and Bridgestone, and the quality has its price. Thus, the Michelin tire 13 inches (car) is sold at about Rs 2 300-2 500, while the 7-inch (for motorcycles) costs Rs 950, "he says.
Asked about the life of a tire, Cedric Crown says that it depends on the use of the wheel in question. "If a tire is used on a large cylinder, it will definitely reduce its life. However, if we give a figure, I would say 60 000-80 000 km on average, "says our speaker. It concludes by discussing the importance of the optimal pressure of a wheel, and advises Mauritians check at least once a month their tire pressure.