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ACT: NA Class 8 Orders Ended 2017 at 37-month High

January 19, 2018, 07:10 AM
Filed Under: Trucking

North American Class 8 orders ended 2017 with a bang, rising to a 37-month high 37,500-plus units, according to ACT Research Co. (ACT). Strong orders since September have boosted Class 8 backlogs, setting the stage for a healthy uptick in Class 8 production in 2018.

“The US market was the primary driver of December’s Class 8 order strength, with orders climbing 127% y/y, even as cancellations remained negligible.” said Kenny Vieth, president and senior analyst. He explained that tractor sleepers led the charge, jumping 260%. Vieth added, “The inability of carriers to find drivers, the inflection in freight volumes, hurricanes, and the strongest holiday shopping season since 2010 have conspired to create a capacity shortfall that has destabilized the trucking industry’s supply/demand balance.”

Regarding the medium duty markets, Vieth explained that in the time Class 8 has gone from peak to trough to peak, the medium duty market has remained a model of consistency, with December orders up 2.2% y/y.

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