ACT Research: CV Supply Constraints, Not Demand, Dictating Lower Production Forecasts

According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, near-term signs of demand remain strong, while supply constraints dictate that ACT Research’s forecasts for the next year remain under pressure.

The report, which combines proprietary ACT data and analysis from a wide variety of sources, paints a comprehensive picture of trends impacting transportation and commercial vehicle markets. This monthly report is designed as a quick look at transportation insights for use by fleet and trucking executives, reviewing top-level considerations such as for-hire indices, freight, heavy and medium duty segments, the US trailer market, used truck sales information, and an overview of the US macro economy.

Used 10.27.21 (1)“For heavy trucks, no less than for medium and light vehicles, procuring supplies and assembling product has become a top management priority,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT’s President and Senior Analyst. He continued, “The struggles of manufacturers, particularly with semiconductors, were typified in an OEM press release on October 4. What holds for that particular OEM is true for all makers of heavy-duty trucks in North America. Indeed, it applies across all vehicle classes and global geographies.” Vieth explained further, “The semiconductor problem has become more acute as we have progressed through this year, and appears set to hobble the industry well into 2022 – and perhaps even beyond. And semiconductors and electrical assemblies are not the only components experiencing either capacity shortages or rapidly escalating prices, or both.”

Vieth concluded by sharing his thoughts about how this impacts future CV production, “ACT has rolled back heavy duty truck forecasts in the past. But that was when the economy weakened and freight declined. This circumstance is unique, a forecast haircut when demand is strong, customers are increasingly eager to obtain trucks, and backlogs are rising. With still-healthy demand, our focus is on supply constraints, inflation, and production issues, because they are the levers that will dictate market direction in the next few quarters.”

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