ACT Research: Preliminary U.S. Trailer December Net Orders Were 26,600 Units; 2021 Closes On A Softer Note

After a very conservative path from April through August, OEMs cautiously began to accept additional orders in September." - Frank Maly, ACT  ResearchPreliminary reports show trailer net orders closed on a softer note, with OEMs booking 26.6k units in December. That was 17% lower than November and 40% below the previous year’s volume. Final December results will be available later this month. This preliminary market estimate should be within +/- 3% of the final order tally.

ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailers report provides a monthly review of the current US trailer market statistics, as well as trailer OEM build plans and market indicators divided by all major trailer types, including backlogs, build, inventory, new orders, cancellations, net orders, and factory shipments. It is accompanied by a database that gives historical information from 1996 to the present, as well as a ready-to-use graph packet, to allow organizations in the trailer production supply chain, and those following the investment value of trailers, trailer OEMs, and suppliers to better understand the market.

Trailer Prelim Graph 1-12-22“After a very conservative path from April through August, OEMs cautiously began to accept additional orders in September. That careful posture continued through the remainder of the year. OEMs continue to balance staffing and supply-chain challenges as they seek to ramp production volumes to better fulfill fleet equipment demands,” said Frank Maly, Director CV Transportation Analysis and Research of ACT Research. He added, “Even with the lower December order volume, preliminary results point to month-over-month growth in industry backlog as the year closed, and it appears that 2022 production slots are now committed through August, at current build rates. This preliminary report puts the full-year 2021 net orders at almost 248k trailers, down about 17% from 2020. The decline is entirely the result of supply-chain and staffing issues, as OEM output continues to trail actual fleet demand.”

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