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ACT: U.S. Trailer Orders Down, Inventory and Build Up

February 26, 2016, 07:03 AM
Filed Under: Trucking

Sequential changes in U.S. trailer data were directionally correct…orders were down, inventory and build rates were up, and cancellations were inconsequential, according to the most recent State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers published by ACT Research Co. (ACT).

“The front-loading of the fall/winter order season we’ve noted over the past few years continues to impact recent order levels; new and net orders were both off 36% sequentially, while the y/y comps for both measures showed a 43% decline,” said Frank Maly, Director–CV Transportation Analysis and Research at ACT. “Additionally, we’re hearing comments regarding slow dealer activity. Small and medium fleets continue to be cautious and are likely fairing worse financially than their large fleet competitors. ELDs will likely generate further headwinds for that fleet segment.” He continued, “We’re also seeing a pattern of continuing bias in fleet investment toward trailers over tractors. Given the price difference, a relatively small shift in dollar expenditures can generate significant returns in trailer acquisitions, and adding trailers helps support increased drop-and-hook activity, making the best use of drivers.”

ACT is the worldwide leading publisher of new and used commercial vehicle (CV) industry data, market analysis and forecasting services for the North American market, as well as the U.S. tractor-trailer market and the China CV market. ACT’s CV services are used by all major North American truck and trailer manufacturers and their suppliers, as well as the banking and investment community in North America, Europe and China.

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