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ACT Research: Tough Times Coming in 2020 for Class 8 Market

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Dec 24, 2019 10:05:10 AM

According to ACT Research’s recently released Transportation Digest, carrier profitability and by extension Class 8 demand are heading toward tougher business conditions in 2020. Succumbing to the slowing economy, forward-looking metrics in the medium duty Classes 5-7 markets were awash in a sea of red ink in October, although moderate growth persists in build expectations.

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Topics: freight, transportation, logistics, shipping, Economy, Press Releases, Transportation Digest, class 5-8 trucks, class 8 trucks, commercial truck report, supply chain, medium duty truck, commercial vehicle sales data, truck market, truck freight, north american trucking, class 8 truck, american truck and trailer, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news, trucking, demand planning, us freight, last mile delivery, HeavyDuty, Economics, semitruck, heavy duty truck, class8

ACT Research For-Hire Trucking Index: Utilization Shifts into Reverse in November

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Dec 23, 2019 3:30:00 PM

The latest release of ACT’s For-Hire Trucking Index, with November data, showed relatively neutral readings on for-hire freight volumes and rates, with 51.5 and 50.9 respective diffusion index readings. With a slight contraction in for-hire capacity, the supply-demand balance remained in modestly positive territory for a fifth straight month. However, the Productivity Index fell to 48.4 in November, from 53.9 in October.

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Topics: freight, freight forecast, freight rate, logistics, ACT For-Hire Trucking Index, Press Releases, supply chain, truck freight, north american trucking, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news, trucking, intermodal, truck freight rates, demand planning, us freight, commercial freight shipping, last mile delivery, freight rates

ACT Research: Commercial Electric Vehicle Study 2020

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Dec 23, 2019 9:25:01 AM

In August 2018, ACT Research released its landmark multi-client study, Commercial Vehicle Electrification: To Charge or Not To Charge, to charter subscribers. The study displaced guesswork and speculation on electric vehicles with rigorous analysis and hard metrics for sales and share.  Our work recognizes electric power as a viable competitor to internal combustion engines, and examines advances in battery technology, environmental considerations and government policy, and quantifies the potential for significant operational cost savings. While commercial electric vehicles (CEVs) currently have a small beachhead on the market, the 2018 study confirmed they would steadily gain sales volume and capture significant market share in Classes 4-8 vehicle segments by 2035, the far horizon year of the analysis.  Now, ACT Research is diving into the data once again and to update the 2018 work.

We're looking forward to working with charter subscribers, as well as adding participants for this second edition. With the continued evolution in electrification and additional players in the market over the last two years, we hope to expand the subscriber list, broadening the spectrum of participants. Our hope is a customer set fully reflective of the current and future state of commercial vehicle electrification. 

A complete study prospectus can be downloaded by clicking the image to the right. To highlight, ACT's 2020 study update will include:

  • Unit Sales
  • Adoption Path
  • Batter and Power Storage Challenges
  • Fuel Cell Challenges
  • Comparative Total Cost of Ownership by Market Segment
  • Regulatory Challenges and Incentives

Complete with analysis, spreadsheets, and adoption scenarios for benefit of all customers and participants.

For more insights into our 2018 study version, watch the video below.

To connect with our team complete the form to the right or contact Ian McGriff at imcgriff@actresearch.net.

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Topics: medium duty truck, commercial vehicle sales data, truck market, north american trucking, class 8 truck, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news, trucking, HeavyDuty, heavy duty truck, north american trailer, class8, commercial electric vehicle

ACT Research: Used Truck Sales Return to Trend and Are Down 16% YTD

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Dec 23, 2019 8:00:00 AM

After an anomalous sequential gain in October, used Class 8 same dealer sales volumes returned to trend in November, falling 35% m/m, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research. Longer term, sales were down 9% y/y and 16% ytd compared to the first 11 months of 2018. The report also indicated used Class 8 average miles decreased m/m, down 5%, and were up a mere 1% year-to-date, while average age rose 3% compared to October and 5% on a year-to-date basis. Average price also grew 5% m/m, while flat ytd.

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Topics: Press Releases, Used Trucks, class 8 trucks, medium duty truck, commercial vehicle sales data, truck market, north american trucking, class 8 truck, american truck and trailer, transportation industry news, used commercial truck, used truck values commercial, HeavyDuty, heavy duty truck

ACT Research: Structural Changes Continue to Exert Pressure on China’s CV Markets

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Dec 20, 2019 10:37:10 AM

Amid the China-US trade war and deceleration of China’s real estate market, the country’s economy will remain under pressure in Q4’19 and Q1’20. It is estimated that GDP growth will end the year around 5.9% and rest there through the end of Q1’20, according to the recent release of ACT Research’s China Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK.

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Topics: logistics, China, Press Releases, commercial truck report, supply chain, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news

ACT Research: U.S. Trailer Net Orders Dropped 38% M/M, 56% Y/Y and 52% YTD

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Dec 19, 2019 1:04:08 PM

New US trailer orders of 21.2k were down 43% month-over-month in November, and after accounting for cancellations, net orders of 19.8k dropped 38%, after hitting their fourth consecutive sequential rise in October. Longer-term comparisons show net orders down 56% year-over-year and 52% compared to the first 11 months of 2018, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailer Report. However, the report reminds readers that the year-over-year comparison is to the second-highest order month in history.

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Topics: logistics, Trailers, Press Releases, class 8 trucks, commercial truck report, supply chain, commercial vehicle sales data, truck market, truck freight, north american trucking, american truck and trailer, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news, trucking, commercial trailer, us trailer, trailer production, north american trailer

ACT Research: Medium and Heavy-Duty Markets Expecting Tougher Conditions in 2020

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Dec 18, 2019 7:23:56 PM

According to ACT Research’s (ACT) latest State of the Industry: NA Classes 5-8 Report, the prosperity of the year we are leaving will transition to tougher medium and heavy-duty market conditions in 2020.

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Topics: transportation, logistics, shipping, Classes 5-8, Press Releases, class 5-8 trucks, class 8 trucks, commercial truck report, supply chain, medium duty truck, truck market, north american trucking, class 8 truck, american truck and trailer, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news, trucking, demand planning, last mile delivery, HeavyDuty, semitruck, heavy duty truck, class8

ACT Research: Preliminary U.S. Trailer Net Orders Down 39% M/M and 56% Y/Y, 52% Lower YTD

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Dec 16, 2019 3:15:00 PM

ACT’s preliminary estimate for November indicates that trailer manufacturers booked 19.5k net orders to their orderboards last month, a 39% decline from October’s volume. Activity was 56% below November of 2018, while year-to-date net orders are just under half that of last year.

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Topics: transportation, logistics, Press Releases, commercial truck report, supply chain, commercial vehicle sales data, north american trucking, american truck and trailer, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news, trucking, commercial trailer, us trailer, trailer production, heavy duty truck, north american trailer

ACT Research: Likelihood of Heavy Vehicle Market Recovery in 2021 Tempered

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Dec 11, 2019 9:44:45 AM

According to ACT’s latest release of the North American Commercial Vehicle OUTLOOK, expectations for the Class 8 and trailer production volumes have been trimmed for 2020, and expectations of a recovery starting in 2021 have been tempered. Additionally, current order softness and excessive inventory building in the medium duty sector contributed to forecast reductions in the next two years for that segment, as well.

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Topics: freight, logistics, Press Releases, class 5-8 trucks, class 8 trucks, commercial truck report, supply chain, medium duty truck, commercial vehicle sales data, truck market, truck freight, north american trucking, class 8 truck, american truck and trailer, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news, trucking, HeavyDuty, heavy duty truck, class8, class 8 truck engines

Freight Forecast: Lowering Truckload Spot Rate Forecasts on Freight Demand; What Could Drive Rates Up in 2020?

Posted by Jennifer McNealy on Dec 10, 2019 1:49:46 PM

ACT Research released the December installment of the ACT Freight Forecast, U.S. Rate and Volume OUTLOOK report covering the truckload, intermodal, LTL and last mile sectors.

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Topics: freight, freight forecast, freight rate, logistics, Press Releases, supply chain, truck freight, north american trucking, commercial truck and trailer, transportation industry news, trucking, intermodal, truck freight rates, us freight, commercial freight shipping, last mile delivery, freight rates

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