ACT Research: U.S. Trailer Orders Comparatively Slower in October

ACT Research: U.S. Trailer Orders Comparatively Slower in OctoberOctober net US trailer orders of 17,405 units fell more than 38% from the previous month and were nearly 69% lower compared to October of 2020. Before accounting for cancellations, new orders of 19.6k units were down almost 40% versus September, and 66% lower than the previous October, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailer Report. YTD net orders and new orders for the first ten months of 2021 were both about 10% lower compared to the same time period in 2020, which included the COVID-stricken spring data.

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.

ACT Research: U.S. Trailer Orders Comparatively Slower in OctoberOctober net orders were down sequentially and year-over-year, against last October’s very tough comparison, the second-highest net order month in industry history when fleet investment plans rebounded from the spring COVID doldrums,” said Frank Maly, Director–CV Transportation Analysis and Research at ACT Research. He continued, “The major impact on October data came from the dry van category, where, after a cautious bit of quarter-ending order acceptance, OEMs became much more careful about extending the orderboard horizon excessively. Reefers posted a very solid month-over-month increase in net orders.”

ACT Research: U.S. Trailer Orders Comparatively Slower in OctoberMaly added, “While net reefer orders in October are still well below normal industry volume, they outpaced the total for the entire third quarter. Expect order acceptance to be closely managed for the foreseeable future, with OEM challenges including the current strong backlogs that commit many of them for a major portion of next year and their inability to ramp production volume in response to surging fleet demand.”

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